Legal/Judiciary

Cocaine scandal: Abba Kyari’s bail application thrown out

The bail application of suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari was on Monday thrown into the air by Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria.

In a ruling, the judge held that the application had been overtaken by events following an order of a sister court (Justice Zainab Abubakar), granting the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency’s (NDLEA) prayers to detain Kyari for another 14 days to enable it to conclude its investigation.

Justice Ekwo held that the sister court, which gave the order in favour of NDLEA on February 22, was a court of coordinate jurisdiction.

The judge, however, said he was inclined to hear Kyari’s fundamental enforcement rights suit with the urgency it deserves after the expiration of the 14-day court order.

The case was adjourned till March 15 to hear DCP Abba Kyari’s fundamental right enforcement.

It would be recalled that Abba Kyari had last week approached the court praying that the Federal Government be ordered to pay him N500million and also tender a written apology to him in two national dailies for the unlawful violation of his fundamental human rights.

He is further praying the court for, “a declaration that arrest and continued detention of the Applicant by the Agent of the Respondent without bringing him before a court of competent jurisdiction from 12th of February 2022 till date, is Illegal, unlawful and a gross violation of his fundamental right.”

Among other demands, he also prayed the court to order his release on bail to enable him to take care of his deteriorating health condition.

Kyari told the court that he is suffering from “diabetes; high blood pressure and severe heart disease that may cause death.”

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