Court accedes to Abba Kyari’s plea, remands in NDLEA custody

Court accedes to Abba Kyari’s plea, remands in NDLEA custody

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Abuja has remanded the embattled suspended Commander of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Force Inte

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Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Abuja has remanded the embattled suspended Commander of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Force Intelligence Bureau, Nigerian Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

Justice Nwite directed that the Defendant should be kept in the NDLEA detention facility pending the hearing of their bail application on Monday, 14 March.

The remand order followed the arraignment of Kyari and six others over cocaine trafficking deal.

In the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/57/2022, it was alleged by the FG that DCP Abba Kyari, ACP Sunday J. Ubua, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agirgba and Inspector John Nuhu, all male, on or about the 19th to 25th January 2022, at the office of Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Abuja conspired amongst themselves with ASP John Umoru (now at large) to deal in 17.55 kilogrammes of cocaine and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 14(b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Upon arraignment, Kyari and the three other police officers charged with him pleaded not guilty to the charge, while Patrick Emeka, the 6th and Alphonsus Ezenwanne, 7th defendants, respectively, pleaded guilty.

The matter is before Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court.

Earlier, Kyari had pleaded not to be sent to prison.

Kyari made the appeal through his lawyer, Kanu Agabi, who prayed the court to allow him to remain in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, pending the hearing and determination of his fresh application for bail.