The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has filed eight count charges against the suspended Commander of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Abba Kyari, and six others over their involvement in alleged drug trafficking.
The anti-nacotic agency filed the charges before a Federal High Court in Abuja, which include four other members of the Police Intelligence Response Team, Sunday J. Ubia, Bawa James, Simon Agirigba and John Nuhu.
Two other suspects arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne, were also listed as defendants.
In the charge filed through a team of lawyers led by its Director, Prosecution and Legal Services, Joseph Sunday, NDLEA accused Kyari and the four other police officers of conspiracy, obstruction, and dealing in Cocaine worth 17.55 kilograms.
They were also accused of tampering with 21.25kg of cocaine unlawfully.
On February 14, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) declared Kyari wanted “over his involvement in a 25kg cocaine deal”. Hours later, the police announced his arrest and subsequent transfer to the custody of the NDLEA.
Also, on Wednesday, the country’s minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami filed an extradition charges against the suspended IRT commander at an Abuja Federal High Court.
The extradiction charges following the approval of the request by the United States to extradite Kyari over alleged involvemnet in the $1.1 million wire fraud involving Abass Ramon aka Hushpuppi and four others.
Kyari was accused of conspiring with a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Nigerian, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi to commit the crime.