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Nigeria has approved the extradition of a former deputy police commissioner to the US to stand trial over money laundering charges.

Abba Kyari, who is currently in police detention, is wanted in the US for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and identity theft, the report said.

Nigeria’s Attorney General and Justice Minister Abubakar Malami filed an application before the chief judge of the high court in the capital, Abuja, for Kyari’s extradition.

Mr Malami said the application followed a request by the US government.

Mr Kyari was suspended from Nigerian police service in August 2021 over an alleged link to an internet celebrity Abbas Ramon alias Hushpuppi, who has pleaded guilty to money laundering in the US.

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