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NDLEA traces N4.2 bln to ex-IRT commander Kyari, deputy’s bank accounts

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)  has revealed how suspended former Commander of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) , Abba Kyari and his deputy, Sunday Ubua, allegedly received a combined N4.2 billion from their separate bank accounts.

According to a report sent to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, the NDLEA said not less than N1.4 billion passed through Kyari’s account while he was commander of the IRT.

However, Kyari’s deputy, Ubua, may have received far more than him as not less than N2.8 billion was traced to his eight bank accounts.

According to investigations, Ubua allegedly received a lump sum of N2.66 billion on August 15, 2019. The NDLEA is now working on the assumption that the sums traced to Kyari and his deputy may be connected to the sale of some illicit substances including Tramadol worth N3 billion.

“You will recall that the NDLEA is investigating an allegation that Kyari and his team seized a large consignment of tramadol in a warehouse at Amuwo Odofin in Lagos. The consignment was worth about N3 billion.

“The IRT under Kyari’s command seized these drugs and they are believed to have sold the consignment to a cartel afterwards. It was around the time of this seizure that Kyari’s deputy received a deposit of N2.66 billion in his personal bank account. Out of this money, he purchased FBN Insurance shares worth about N100 millio,” a source said.

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In a letter to the AGF seeking his approval for the confiscation of properties and assets belonging to Kyari the NDLEA hinged its request on the fact that the accused men were dealing in cocaine.

Kyari is facing eight count charges of conspiracy, obstruction, and dealing in cocaine, and other related offences at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

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

Also, Kyari has been indicted in the United States for alleged involvement in a $1.1 million internet scam carried out by a notorious frauster, Ramon Abass, a.ka. Hushpuppi.


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