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Kyari, four others arraigned at Abuja Court, plead not guilty

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday arraigned the suspended commander of Police Intellegence Response Team (IRT), Abba Kyari before a Federal High Court in Abuja on eight counts bordering on conspiracy, obstruction, and dealing in cocaine, and other related offences.

The other defendants in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/57/2022, are four 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.

Two of the accused, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne have pleaded guilty to importing 21.35 kilogrammes of cocaine.

Umeibe and Ezenwanne, who are charged in counts five, six and seven of the eight-count charge, pleaded guilty when the charge was read to them a moment ago.

Kyari and other defendants, Sunday J. Ubua, Bawa James, Simon Agirgba, John Nuhu pleaded not guilty in respect of counts one, two, three, four and eight.

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.

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.

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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.

Kyari, who became popular for exposing a string of high-profile crimes in Nigeria, denied the allegations against him.

On Thursday, the Federal Government approved the request by the United States of America to extradite the suspended Kyari over alleged $1.1 million wire fraud involving Abass Ramon aka Hushpuppi and four others.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, made this known in an application filed before the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

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