By AFP

Abuja. A senior police officer in Nigeria has been suspended after a social media celebrity standing trial in the US accused him of being complicit in fraud.

Deputy Police Commissioner Abba Kyari was implicated by Nigerian influencer Ramos Abbas, known as Hushpuppi, who pleaded guilty to money laundering and other crimes, prompting the police to launch an investigation.

The Nigeria police service commission said Kyari’s suspension on Saturday “would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States.”

The commission also directed the head of the force “to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action.”

The police said they were committed “to the pursuit of justice” in the matter.

The FBI said on Wednesday that Hushpuppi’s crimes cost his victims almost $24 million in total.

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