It remains to be seen what actions will be taken on Kyari, and how his rise and fall will influence thinking around police reform in the country. A panel has recommended that he be demoted, but with serious criminal allegations around his neck, it would stir further distrust if that were to be the worst thing he faced.

Kyari may be tried in the US since Nigeria’s attorney general, Abubakar Malami, thinks there are “reasonable grounds” for cooperating with the FBI’s extradition request. Until then, the super cop’s fate is in the hands of Nigeria’s justice system.

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