BREAKING: Court denies DCP Abba Kyari’s third bail request

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday rejected the bail application of the suspended Deputy Police Commissioner, Abba Kyari, in the alleged drug trafficking case against him and two other defendants.

This is the third bail application filed by Kyari in the Abuja Division of the Court. He and others face charges close to possession of 21.35 kg of cocaine.

Recall that in a fundamental human rights complaint filed by Kyari before Judge Inyang Ekwo, his lawyer asked for his release on bail on liberal terms, citing his diabetic state of health.

But the NDLEA had submitted a detention order from another court ordering the agency to hold the officer and others for 14 days for further investigation before a subsequent court appearance.

Ekwo therefore denied him bail on the grounds of an existing detention order issued by a coordinated court.

The NDLEA lawyer had argued that Kyari would skip bail due to the US extradition request against him (in relation to alleged money laundering with Hushpupi) as well as allegations made against him in the country .

The court at the time ruled in favor of the NDLEA, thus denying Kyari bail.

Meanwhile, the extradition request against Kyari was denied on August 29 by Judge Inyang Ekwo for violating extradition law.

As part of the new bail, Kyari and two other suspended officers urged the court to admit them to bail on new or new grounds or reconsider the earlier bail request denied by the court.

They claimed that their lives were in danger at Kuje Correctional Center due to terrorist attacks.

They also argued that some members of the Eastern Security Network and other terrorists and armed robbers who were arrested by Kyari’s team are in Kuje Prison and pose a threat to their lives.

Kyari’s attorney further argued that all charges against him were bailable under the law and consistent with his basic human rights.

But the NDLEA asked the court to deny them bail, adding that the new facts raised by Kyari are unsubstantiated.

The NDLEA further argued that if threats to their lives were the defendants’ new argument, the court should transfer them to another detention facility.

He alleged that Kyari had a close connection to certain underworld elements.

In his decision on Tuesday, Judge Emeka Nwite said that if the court becomes aware of new circumstances regarding the dismissal of a defendant, it can exercise its jurisdictional powers for or against the parties.

He found that the Complainant did not contradict the new facts raised by Kyari and others.

“In light of the above, the petitioners have still not provided grounds for bail and my old order stands,” he said.

THE WHISTLER reported earlier that Kyari’s sixth and seventh co-defendants (Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne) had on March 14 pleaded guilty to possession of illicit drugs while Kyari and others denied the charges.

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