25kg cocaine probe: We’ve no reason to shield anyone – NDLEA

25kg Cocaine deal: Court grants NDLEA’s request to detain Abba Kyari, 6 others for 2 weeks

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja and presided over by Justice Zainab Dimka Abubakar has granted an application by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA to detain for two weeks Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari and six others under investigation for their involvement in a 25kilograms cocaine deal.

The court gave the order following the application by the anti-narcotic agency, argued by its Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, Mr. Sunday Joseph, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. The Agency had, in the application dated February 15, 2022, in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/111/2022, sought the leave of the court to detain the suspects in NDLEA custody for 14 days pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Suspects affected by the order include: DCP Abba Kyari; ACP Sunday J. Ubia; ASP James Bawa; Inspector Simon Agirigba; Inspector John Nuhu; Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alfonsus Ezenwanne.

In an affidavit supporting the motion, the NDLEA stated that the 6th and 7th respondents (Umeibe and Ezenwanne) confessed upon their arrest in Enugu that they imported the seized cocaine through Addis-Ababa to Enugu on January 19, 2022.

The Agency’s Director of Media and Advocation, Femi Babafemi, further disclosed that “the 1st to 5th respondents (Kyari, Ubia, Bawa, Agirigba, and Nuhu) are police officers who carried out the arrest of the 6th and 7th respondents and transferred them to NDLEA for further investigation.

“That investigation by the NDLEA revealed that the 1st to 5th respondents have compromised the whole operation and were involved in the importation, trafficking, and dealing and also tampered with the recovered cocaine.

“That the 1st to 5th respondents have volunteered their statements upon preliminary investigation, which has shown complicity in the case. Copies of statements are hereby attached and marked Annexure NDLEA 4,5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 respectively.

“That the investigation will take some time as there are complicated dimensions to the case that require follow-up and unravelling. The investigation is likely to extend to foreign countries, where some people linked to these transnational drug trafficking activities reside.

“That it is in line with the above that the applicant is applying to the Honourable Court for a period of 14 days in the first instance to detain the respondents to enable it to carry out its investigation successfully.”

In her ruling, Justice Zainab Dimka Abubakar granted the NDLEA’s prayer and directed that the agency should, at the expiration of the 14-day detention order, either seek an extension, file a charge against the suspects, or arraign them before the court.

On Monday, February 14th, Kyari and the four other police officers were arrested and handed over to NDLEA by police authorities, five hours after the agency declared him wanted in connection with the drug deal.

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