Court Denies Bail to Suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari and Two Senior Officers

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court has denied bail to the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, and two other suspended senior police officers.

The ruling followed separate hearings where the court determined that the defendants failed to present sufficient evidence to merit bail.

Justice Nwite emphasized that the court must exercise its discretion judiciously and concluded that, in this case, the defendants did not provide adequate grounds for bail. Consequently, the bail applications were denied.

Abba Kyari was detained after his arrest on February 14, 2022, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on charges related to an alleged cocaine trafficking operation. Kyari, formerly the head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), along with four other suspended officers, was formally charged on March 7, 2022.

Additionally, two suspected drug traffickers, Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne, were charged in connection with the case.

They were arrested at Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu and accused of dealing 17.55 kilograms of cocaine, an offense under section 14(b) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

The court had previously denied bail to Kyari and the other defendants, ordering their detention in Kuje prison.

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