Nosa Uhumwangho, a lawyer with the IGP-IRT, has indicted Abba Kyari in a fresh confession, ENigeria Newspaper reports.
Nosa Uhumwangh, the lawyer, has described how Abba Kyari, the embattled ‘Super Cop,’ forced him to put the proceeds from a hotel owned by an alleged kidnap kingpin into his account.
According to the lawyer, Kyari instructed him to deposit N3, 075, 300 into his (Uhumwangho’s) bank, which was produced from the De-English hotel in Enugu and another property at 21, Edinburgh Street, owned by late Collins Ezenwa, also known as E-Money, an alleged kidnapper.
Kyari, who was suspended from the Nigerian Police Force, is being investigated after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicted him for his relationship with Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, a well-known fraudster.
However, in a 131-paragraph statement filed with the NBA’s LPDC on 30 June 2021 and acquired by Sahara Reporters, Uhumwangho stated that Kyari had authorized him to deposit the funds into his Zenith Bank personal account for “reasons best known to them.”
Kyari’s staff had earlier asked Tochukwu Okeke, a known cult member, to collect rents from homes held by late Ezenwa on his behalf, according to the affidavit.
Okeke is now being held at the Nigerian army’s 82 Division for allegedly sponsoring members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the southeast.
Okeke, who refused to appear before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) panel investigating the activities of SARS, had claimed that he paid $2 million ransom to late Ezenwa’s gang after he was kidnapped in 2016.
Justice Ijeoma, a lawyer and human rights campaigner, brought Uhumwangho before the NBA disciplinary committee for “behavior unbecoming of a legal practitioner.”
Ijeoma claimed in his appeal to the NBA-LDPC that Uhumagho criminally converted his client’s properties in collusion with other police officials from the Inspector General of Police –Intelligence Response Team (IGP-IRT).
Uhumagho confirmed paying the money into his personal account on the orders of his boss, Abba Kyari, under cross-examination by Ijeoma’s lead counsel, Max Ogar.
“The National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria (Presidential Panel on SARS Reforms) which sat in Abuja on 25th January, 2019, directed the Legal Officer of the IGP-IRT to recover money in possession of any person controlling the aforesaid properties and make them render account,” Abba Kyari wrote in a letter obtained by Sahara Reporters dated 28 January 2019.
“In light of the foregoing, you are hereby directed/ordered to recover any money therefrom, take possession of it, and ensure that it is properly kept and safe in your custody, because if the money is paid into the Police account, it will be difficult to recover and tender it before the court, as the matter is still pending at the Honourable Federal High Court, Owerri Judicial Division. It’s possible that the court will make a demand for it in the near future.
“Thank you for your patriotic zeal in serving your homeland and the Nigeria Police Force to the best of your abilities and capability. Accept my pledge of my undivided attention.”
Sources from the NHRC panel, which met from the 14th to the 26th of January 2019, dismissed Kyari’s request to collect money from late Ezenwa’s property and deposit it in a private account.
Amnesty International and the National Human Rights Commission accused Kyari of illegally depleting the assets of Collins Ezenwa, who was killed by SARS in Owerri, Imo State, in 2018.
Collins Ezenwa’s wife testified before the NHRC panel that Kyari and his staff took money from her late husband’s bank account, seized his automobiles for personal use, and pocketed millions in hotel and property revenue.
In an October 2018 petition to then-Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris, the Nigerian Human Rights Commission claimed that the IRT, directed by Abba Kyari, a deputy police commissioner, had exhausted the assets of Collins Ezenwa, a suspected kidnapper who was killed in January 2018.
Ezenwa, according to Kyari, was an infamous kidnapper who committed unfathomable crimes before being slain.
Ezenwa, a former police corporal, is accused of being the leader of a gang of kidnappers in Imo State. During an exchange of gunfire on the Enugu-Owerri Expressway, he was slain.
Kyari and his associates are reported to have taken over Ezenwa’s multibillion-naira estates.
A hotel in Enugu associated to Ezenwa was valued at N220,000,000. According to the NHRC petition, he also owned two duplexes and eight blocks of apartments for a total of N180 million.
Before resigning as a police corporal, the victim owned a fleet of exotic vehicles. Other properties of Ezenwa have been discovered in the states of Imo and Abia, putting his worth in the billions.