Court throws out Abba Kyari’s bail application


Federal High Court of the FCT sitting in Abuja has dismissed bail application by counsel to detained and suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari.

Kyari has been in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), since last week, over allegations of involvement in a drug deal,a s the agency prepared to file formal charges against him.

DCP Abba Kyari

Presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, in his ruling, Monday, held, that the application has been overtaken by events.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) had ordered the arrest of Kyari and handing over to the NDLEA, which had declared the embattled policeman wanted on February 14, over his involvement in a 25kg cocaine deal”.

However, Kyari on February 21 filed a suit challenging his continued detention on the grounds of abuse of his rights, as he denied charges of drug dealing.

The suit at the Federal High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sitting in Abuja, challenged his arrest and continued detention by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The suit filed against the Federal Government was marked FHC/ABJ/CS/182/22 and is before the court of Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo.

Kyari who is also under detention, in the suit is seeking an order of the court to immediately release him.

NDLEA had, last week, declared suspended deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Abba Kyari wanted over alleged 25kilograms of illicit drugs.

Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi said a press briefing on Monday in Abuja, that investigation has revealed that Kyari, the erstwhile Commander of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) at the Force Intelligence Bureau of the Nigeria Police Force, was a member of drug syndicate which operated across the globe.

The anti-narcotics agency explained that the declaration of Kyari as wanted had become necessary as the policeman had failed ‘to honour the official invitation’ extended to him by the NDLEA, ‘right from this very moment.’

The NDLEA said it cannot continue to keep other suspects in the case indefinitely while the principal suspect fails to honour official invitation, as it explained that relevant channels of communication were duly followed in the demand for Kyari without any result.

Kyari was subsequently arrested by the police and handed over to the NDLEA, a day later. He has since been under the custody of the anti-narcotics agency, which has also formally charged the suspended policeman to court tendering video evidence of his complicity in the latest drug dealings.

The embattled Kyari is already a subject prosecution or extradition between Nigeria and authorities in the United States over his indictment in the cybercrimes conviction of an internet fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas.