Abba Kyari Sent To Prison Custody

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Court grants NDLEA’s request

Sent To Prison Custody

Abba Kyari, the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police who is facing trial for an alleged cocaine deal, was sent to prison custody by a federal high court in Abuja on Monday.

The court sent Abba Kyari and six other people charged with drug trafficking to the Kuje Correctional Center.

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Shortly after denying them bail, trial Justice Emeka Nwike issued an order to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to transfer the defendants to prison custody.

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They had been detained by the NDLEA.
The court decided that the NDLEA had presented enough evidence to justify refusing Kyari and his co-defendants bail.

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Former members of the IRT, ACP Sunday Ubia, Inspector Simon Agirgba, and Inspector John Nuhu, were also denied bail.

Other defendants in the FHC/ABJ/57/2022 charge include ASP Bawa James, as well as two drug traffickers, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwane, who were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.

Meanwhile, Justice Nwite ordered an accelerated trial for the defendants, while also scheduling a review of the facts in the case against Umeibe and Ezenwane for April 28.

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It will be recalled that Umeibe and Ezenwanne, who were named as the 6th and 7th Defendants in the charge, pleaded guilty to the drug trafficking charge against them on March 7, when they were arraigned alongside DCP Kyari.

On Monday, the court heard arguments from both the prosecution and the defence in response to NDLEA’s request for a review of the facts in the case of the two defendants in order to allow their conviction and sentencing.

Kanu Agabi, SAN, Kyari’s lead counsel, had argued that reviewing the facts of the case and reaching a decision while the trial was still ongoing would be prejudicial to his client.

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He alluded to cases in which defendants pleaded guilty to a charge against them due to their ignorance.
“Reviewing the facts while the trial is still ongoing is not in the interest of justice,” he argued.

Both Umeibe and Ezenwanne were mentioned in some counts in the charge that involved Kyari and the other accused police officers, according to Agabi.

The NDLEA charged DCP Kyari and the other four officers with conspiracy, obstruction, and dealing in cocaine worth 17.55 kilogrammes in the charge before the court.

Kyari and his men were accused of illegally tampering with 21.25 kilogrammes of cocaine seized from two apprehended drug traffickers, Umeibe and Ezenwanne.

The officers were accused of breaking section 14(b) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, between January 19 and 25, 2022, at the office of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) IRT, Abuja, in collusion with one ASP John Umoru (now at large).

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According to Vanguard, Kyari allegedly tried to bribe a senior NDLEA officer with $61, 400. 00 at an Abuja restaurant to prevent the testing of part of the cocaine seized from the two arrested drug traffickers.

The agency, on the other hand, claimed that Umeibe and Ezenwanne conspired with one IK who is still at large to illegally import 21.35kg of cocaine into the country and knowingly possess it, violating section 11(d) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, and committing an offence punishable under section 11(d) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

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