Crime/DefenseLegal/Judiciary

Abba Kyari embarks on a legal war against the Nigerian government

For keeping him in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari, has dragged the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to court.

The move is to seek the court’s approval for him to be released from the NDLEA custody.

DCP Abba Kyari in his legal battle designated FHC/ABJ/CS/182/22, is praying the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to compel the NDLEA to grant him bail on health grounds, pending the hearing and determination of his fundamental right enforcement application.

It would be recalled that the NDLEA had on February 14, 2022, indicted Kyari, ex-head of the Police Intelligence Response Team, in alleged drug trafficking and related offences.

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, had subsequently handed over DCP Kyari to the anti-narcotics agency for prosecution over alleged links in drug trafficking after the NDLEA released a damning photo and video evidence to nail Kyari.

The NDLEA specifically stated that DCP Abba Kyari, the suspended IRT head, belonged to a drug cartel that operates the Brazil-Ethiopia-Nigeria illicit drug pipeline.

The anti-narcotics agency also said Kyari contacted one of its officers in Abuja and struck a deal to secure the release of a total of 25 kg seized cocaine and offered a $61,400 bribe to NDLEA officers who played along until his arrest.

In fact, the IGP had in a statement corroborated the NDLEA’s findings, saying incontrovertible evidence indicted Kyari in the drug crimes.

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