(UPDATED): Abba Kyari drags FG through court, seeks release from NDLEA custody

DCP Abba Kyari

Detained Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, has dragged the Federal Government through a Federal High Court in Abuja challenging his continued detention by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/182/22, Kyari who is on suspension from the Nigerian Police Force is seeking an order of court to immediately release him.

In the alternative, the suspended DCP, being held by the NDLEA over his alleged involvement in hard drug trafficking wants the court to admit him to bail in liberal conditions.

Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo took the ex-parte application filed along with the suit later today.

▪︎ Kyari to court: I’m suffering from diabetes, hypertension

Kyari told Justice Inyang Ekwo that he was suffering from diabetes and hypertension.

“My lord, his (Kyari’s) condition at the custody is critical.

“I filed a motion to admit the applicant to a bail on health grounds pending the determination of the substantive matter,” his lawyer, C.O Ikena said.

The judge then asked the lawyer what the substantive matter was all about and she said: “The substantive matter is about infringement on his fundamental rights and false allegations.”

Justice Ekwo then asked: “Where is the applicant?”

“He is at the NDLEA’s custody my lord,” she responded.

The embattled DCP was arrested and handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) by the Police in connection with the 25 kilogrammes of cocaine seized from a drug cartel.

Justice Ekwo, who declined to grant the plea in a motion ex-parte brought by Ikena, ordered that the respondent, NDLEA, be put on notice.

Ekwo told the lawyer that going by the averments in the application, the respondent (NDLEA) would have to be put on notice and a date fixed to hear the motion.

He said this was so because the averment Ikena made would need a response of the NDLEA.

Justice Ekwo, however, insisted that the NDLEA be put on notice.

He, thereafter, adjourned the matter until April 24 for the motion to be taken.

He also ordered the NDLEA to file their response before the next adjourned date.

The NDLEA had, on Feb. 14, declared Kyari wanted over alleged links with an international drug cartel.

The Nigeria Police on Feb. 14 arrested Kyari and four other police officers for their involvement in an alleged case of criminal conspiracy, discreditable, unethical, and unprofessional conduct.

Others are official corruption and tampering with exhibits in a case of illicit drug trafficking involving a transnational drug cartel.

The arrest of Kyari and others came after the NDLEA declared him wanted on Monday.

The police then handed Kyari and others involved in the alleged offence to the NDLEA.



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