- The embattled DCP Abba Kyari is in for a new battle with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency
- This is so the agency filed fresh charges against the 'Super Cop' and six others, an eighth-count criminal charge
- Meanwhile, NDLEA’s director of legal services, Joseph Sunday, signed the charges, noting than the various offences are contrary to and punishable under various provisions of the NDLEA Act
Abuja- On Thursday, March 3, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), filed an eighth-count criminal charge against the suspended deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Abba Kyari, and six others it alleged were involved in drug trafficking.
NDLEA, in the charge it filed through a team of lawyers led by its Director, Prosecution & Legal Services, Mr. Joseph Sunday, specifically accused DCP Kyari and the four other police officers of conspiracy, obstruction, and dealing in illicit drugs worth 17.55 kilograms, Vanguard reports.
The other defendants in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/57/2022, which the agency lodged before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, were four members of the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, ACP Sunday J. Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu, as well as two alleged drug traffickers that were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne.
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It is equally alleged that Kyari and his men, who are currently in its custody, also unlawfully tampered with 21.25kg worth of illicit drugs.
The courtroom today
They were brought into the court room around 8am in two batches of four and two, by armed operatives of the NDLEA, The Nation added.
They are currently seated in the court room, awaiting the arrival of the judge, for the commencement of the day’s proceedings.
The seven defendants are to be arraigned on an eight-count charge filed by the NDLEA.
The AGF's position
Malami had in the extradition application he also brought before the court, claimed that no charge was pending against DCP Kyari in Nigeria.
Suspended police officer Abba Kyari on Monday pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges brought against him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Channels TV added.
Hushpuppi: Anxiety as IGP Usman Baba speaks on extradition of DCP Abba Kyari
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has said the Nigeria Police Force is yet to receive a formal request for the extradition of Abba Kyari, the suspended deputy commissioner of police.
Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday, October 28, Baba said the police has, however, received feedback on the legal advice requested from Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).
Legit.ng recalls that the IGP had in August received the report of the panel set up to probe the bribery allegations against Kyari over his alleged relationship with Hushpuppi, the Instagram celebrity and self-confessed international fraudster.
Abba Kyari detained by the NDLEA, failed to get bail
Meanwhile, the bail application filed by Kyari has been turned down by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
During the sitting presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo, on Monday, February 28, the court ruled that Kyari's bail application has been overtaken by events.
The embattled super cop is currently being detained by the NDLEA over alleged links.