Former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, through his lawyer Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, has requested a Federal High court in Abuja grant him bail due to the many death threats he receives in Kuje correctional center.
Driving the news
Abba Kyari and the other suspected co-conspirators requested bail on the premise that their lives were being threatened by those they had put behind bars while on active duty.
What they are saying
At Thursday’s court hearing, Abba Kyari’s lawyer informed the court that he has filed for bail for the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th defendant. And that he has submitted the request to the prosecution (National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
- Sunday Joseph, counsel for the prosecution NDLEA reminded the court that the hearing purpose was reviewing the facts to which defendants 6 and 7, Chibuna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne pleaded guilty to the 5,6, and 7-count charge leveled against them.
- Abba Kyari, a top officer of the Nigerian Police force, was arrested on the 14th of February 2022 for professional misconduct, corruption and criminal collaboration, abuse of power and tampering of exhibits.
- The then Deputy Commissioner of Police was arrested alongside four other police officers who were handed to NDLEA, who then charged them to court.
- Justice Emeka Nwite refused to grant the suspects bail based on claims by the NDLEA that the suspended cops could disobey the terms of bail or tamper with evidence.