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Abba Kyari, others seek bail over reported threat to life in prison

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Suspended Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari

An embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, on Thursday, approached a Federal High Court for another bail plea.

Kyari and three of his co-defendants, through their counsel, urged Justice Emeka Nwite to admit them to a bail because their lives in the Kuje Correctional Centre, where there were being remanded, were unsafe.

At a resumed hearing, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, counsel to Kyari and suspended ACP Sunday Ubia, informed that an application seeking bail for the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th defendants had been filed and served on the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency.

He said the application became necessary due to the nature of the work the defendants had done in the course of policing the country.
Ikpeazu said the defendants were being remanded with criminals in the correctional centre, who through them, their arrests were made possible.

The senior lawyer said their lives were at risk, hence, the need for their bail.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four suspended police officers, including ACP Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu, listed as 2nd to 5th defendants respectively, are being charged  by the NDLEA for alleged drug offence alongside Kyari.

However, while Kyari, Ubia, Agirigba and Nuhu (1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th defendants), sought a bail over alleged threat to their lives, ASP Bawa James, who is the 3rd defendant in the matter, did not.

Meanwhile, counsel for the prosecution (NDLEA), Sunday Joseph, opposed the request that the bail plea be taken, insisting that the matter was scheduled for review of the facts of the 6th and 7th defendants who pleaded guilty to the counts preferred against them.

NAN reports that Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne (6th and 7th defendants) were the two alleged drug traffickers that were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.

Umeibe and Ezenwanne had pleaded guilty to five, six and seven counts preferred against them and were being remanded in the Suleja Correctional Centre.


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