Drug Cartel Allegations: NDLEA Arraigns Abba Kyari and others

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has arraigned the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, and six others before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The other defendants in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/57/2022, are four members of the Police Intelligence Response Team, Sunday J. Ubia, Bawa James, Simon Agirigba and John Nuhu.

Two other suspects arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne, were also listed as defendants.

In the charge filed through a team of lawyers led by its Director, Prosecution and Legal Services, Mr. Joseph Sunday, NDLEA accused Kyari and the four other police officers of conspiracy, obstruction, and dealing in Cocaine worth 17.55 kilograms.

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They were also accused of tampering with 21.25kg of cocaine unlawfully.

NDLEA also said the senior cop was caught on camera handing over $61,400 in cash to compromise its operative.

The agency filed eight counts charge against the defendants which borders on conspiracy, obstruction, and dealing in cocaine, and other related offences.

Kyari, who became famous for exposing a string of high-profile crimes in Nigeria, denied the allegations against him, while the other police officers charged with him also pleaded not guilty.

However, the 6th defendant, Patrick Emeka and the 7th defendant, Alphonsus Ezenwanne pleaded guilty.

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Thereafter, the NDLEA lawyer, Mr. Joseph Sunday, prayed the court for a trial date for the 1st to 5th defendants.

He also urged the court to grant a leave to review the charges against Umeibe and Ezenwanne who pleaded guilty for the charges against them.

Mr. Kanu Agabi, SAN, who led a delegation of Senior Advocates of Nigeria that appeared for Kyari and Ubia, however, informed that a bail application had been filed in respect of his clients.

NDLEA Counsel who confirmed being served with the bail application, said a counter affidavit had been filed in its opposition.

Subsequently, the judge, Justice Emeka Nwite adjourned till the 14th of this month to hear the bail application.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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