Borno State Governor, Babagana Umaru Zulum, says he does not know the residence of embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, who was indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an alleged role in a $1.1m fraud allegedly committed by money laundering suspect, Abass Ramon, aka Hushpuppi, and four others.
The governor also said he had never visited the suspended former Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team, even though he is an indigene of Borno State.
The governor made the disclaimer on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, via a Facebook post titled, ‘Zulum and Shettima did not visit Abba Kyari, aide clarifies’.
The statement was released by the spokesperson of governor Zulum, Isa Gusau, after a video of Zulum and Shettima with Abba Kyari, surfaced online, on Wednesday, August 4.
The video suggested to many that the governor and his predecessor had paid a solidarity visit to Abba Kyari, who has been indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), for having a link with Hushpuppi.
Gusau said he decided to give the clarification since Kyari who promised to do so, didn’t do it, after four hours of making the promise.
Gusau said the video in circulation was recorded at the residence of Senator Shettima, by some associates of Abba Kyari. He said the video was recorded after Kyari paid an empathy visit to Shettima in Abuja, on June 30, following the mischievous circulation of rumours, that the senator had died in the United Kingdom.
Kyari himself had shared the same video on his verified Facebook wall on June 30, shortly after he visited Shettima.
Kyari who hails from Borno State and in Shettima’s constituency visited the former Governor to wish him well like many others had visited the Senator during the time.
Gusau released a video of some sympathizers who had also visited the Senator the same period, which showed the senator receiving them in his house, the same place being described as Abba Kyari’s house.
Gusau also pointed observers to take note of the TV behind Zulum and Abba Kyari with a CNN breaking news on the release of American Comedian actor, Bill Cosby, which, as can be verified by anyone online, happened on June 30, 2021.
The spokesman called on Abba Kyari to issue a similar clarification as he had promised when the spokesman called his attention to the misrepresentation given the fact it was Kyari himself who took that video and released it on his Facebook page on June 30, 2021.