New legal advice written by the Ministry of Justice on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami has said that there was not sufficient evidence of money laundering against former Commander of the Police Intelligence Response Team, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.
The advice addressed to the Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba noted that Kyari could not be linked to the sum in question (N279 million), and recipients of the money exonerated him in their statements.
This is contrary to previous legal advice that said a prima-facie case of money laundering was established against Kyari by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Joseph Egbunike before his death.
Malami had also previously stated that the suspended officer had received proceeds of crime and directed the police to monitor the movement of the funds.
Kyari is wanted by the United States for his involvement in a $1.1 million scam with confessed internet fraudster Ramon Abass.
He is also facing trial at an Abuja Federal High Court over his involvement with a drug cartel and related offences.