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Abuja court orders Abba Kyari, six others transfer to Kuje prison

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A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, ordered that the suspended commander of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Abba Kyari, and six others currently in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) be transferred to the Kuje Correctional Center

Trial Justice Emeka Nwike ordered NDLEA, to transfer the Defendants who are facing drug trafficking charges to prison custody, shortly after he denied them bail.

The court held that the NDLEA placed sufficient materials before it to warrant the refusal of bail to Kyari and his Co-Defendants.

The court equally denied bail to former members of the IRT, Sunday Ubia, Inspector Simon Agirgba, and Inspector John Nuhu.

Other Defendants in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/57/2022, are; ASP Bawa James, as well as two drug traffickers that were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwane.

However, the Judge ordered the accelerated trial of the Defendants while he fixed April 28 for the review of facts in respect of the case against Umeibe and Ezenwane.

It will be recalled that Umeibe and Ezenwanne, who were cited as the 6th and 7th Defendants in the charge, had on March 7, when they were arraigned alongside DCP Kyari, pleaded guilty to the drug trafficking charge against them.

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The court had on Monday, listened to arguments from both the Prosecution and the Defence, on NDLEA’s application for the review of facts in respect of the two Defendants, to enable their conviction and sentencing.

Kyari’s lead counsel, Kanu Agabi, had contended that it would be prejudicial to his client for the facts of the case to be reviewed and decision reached on it, while the trial is still subsisting.

He made reference to cases where Defendants, out of ignorance, pleaded guilty to a charge against them.

“It is not in the interest of justice for the facts to be reviewed while the trial is still ongoing,” he argued.

More so, Agabi, noted that both Umeibe and Ezenwanne were also mentioned in some counts in the charge that involved Kyari and the other accused police officers.

The NDLEA had in the charge before the court, accused Kyari and the other four officers of conspiracy, obstruction and dealing in cocaine worth 17.55 kilograms.

It alleged that Kyari and his men unlawfully tampered with 21.25kg worth of cocaine that were seized from the two apprehended drug traffickers, Umeibe and Ezenwanne.

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