The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has filed an eight-count criminal charge against the suspended commander of the Police Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, and six others over allegations of drug trafficking.
Abba Kyari Charged For Alleged Drug Trafficking
KanyiDaily recalls that the NDLEA had arrested Kyari on February 14, over alleged drug trafficking and for being a member of a drug syndicate that operates across the globe.
The suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police has now been charged with the criminal offences alongside four other senior police officers and two civilians.
The other defendants in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/57/2022, which the NDLEA lodged before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, were four members of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), ACP Sunday J. Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu.
Others are two alleged drug traffickers that were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne.
In the charge filed by NDLEA director of prosecution and legal services, Joseph Sunday, the agency accused Kyari and the four other police officers of conspiracy, obstruction, and dealing in cocaine worth 17.55 kilograms.
The NDLEA equally alleged that Kyari and his men, who are currently in its custody, also unlawfully tampered with 21.25kg worth of Cocaine.
Umeibe and Ezenwanne were accused of conspiring with others at large to import 21.35kg of cocaine into the country.
Meanwhile, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami has approved the process for Abba Kyari’s extradition to the United States to answer allegations bordering on conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, and identity theft.
In July 2019, a US court had ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to arrest Abba Kyari for his alleged role in a $1.1millon scam allegedly perpetrated by suspected fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.