Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari (suspended) have engaged the Federal Government of Nigeria in a legal battle; demanding for his immediate release after being kept in custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Citing personal health issues as his reason, Kyari called on the Federal High Court to compel the NDLEA for a bail after days of being held.
He sought for this before the hearing and determination of his fundamental right enforcement application of suit FHC/ABJ/CS/182/22.
Although Justice Inyang Ekwo adjourned the case to three days time, he firstly ordered all relevant regularities be served on the Federal Government since they were cited as the sole respondent.
Kyari’s law suit was also rejected by the Federal High Court despite an adjournment.
“Upon studying the process of the Applicant and averments in support thereon, I am of the opinion that the respondent should be put on notice,” Justice Ekwo held.
Earlier, Cynthia Ikena – Abba Kyari’s legal consultant, had stated that her client is currently living with diabetes and hypertension, requesting that the court order the NDLEA to release Kyari.
Kyari, who was indicted by the NDLEA last week under alleged drug trafficking and related offences, had once headed the Intelligence Response Team.
During his arrest, Usman Baba, the Nation’s Inspector General of Police, handed Kyari to NDLEA for ties to drug trafficking, with prosecutions to follow.
Evidence comprising of photos and videos were also provided; as claims were made of Kyari belonging to a drug cartel that runs illicit drug activities in a Brazil-Ethiopia-Nigeria circle.
The agency also states that the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police had reached out to one of its officers in Abuja; in a bid to process the release of cocaine weighing 25kg, despite being seized.
A bribe of $61,400 was also offered to officers of the NDLEA in the undercover sting.
Furthermore, America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) claimed that Kyari received $20,600 from Hushpuppi to arrest and detain one Chibuzo Vincent; a ‘co-inspirator’.
Kyari was also declared wanted by a U.S Attorney Office, though he is yet to be extradited for prosecution by the Nigerian government.