Suspended DCP Abba Kyari has said his life is in danger at the Kuje Prison of the Nigerian Correctional Service, NCoS.
DCP Abba Kyari stated this on Monday when he filed a fresh bail application before the trial judge in Abuja.
It would be recalled that the Kuje Prison was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists few weeks ago. Over 879 inmates were set free. But official statement from NCoS indicated that a large number of the escaped inmates have been rearrested.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Monday also opened its case of hard drug trafficking charges against the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, before Justice Emeka Nwitw of Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
According to Punch Newspaper, the agency brought a Commander of Narcotics (Forensic Unit), Patricia Afolabi, to testify as its first witness.
Punch Newspaper added thus:
The witness told the court that her job schedule includes receiving and conducting forensic analysis on drug exhibits.
She informed the court that she had on February 7, 2022, received from the forensic liaison officer of the agency, Abubakar Aliyu, one sealed transparent evidence pack containing 24 dispensing pack each.
The witness said, “From the analysis I conducted, which I labelled Exhibits A-X, I found out that 21 of the exhibits contained cocaine, while Exhibits H to G were found to be negative.
The court admitted all the exhibits in evidence without objection from the defendants.
While cross examining the witness, lawyer for the accused, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), asked her if it was true that every suspect in a drug deal must be present before analysis is conducted, a question the witness answered in the negative.
The witness replied that it was not customary that all suspects would be present when substances are also handed over for analysis.
Afolabi who said she had over 30 years experience, explained “I was not present when the drug was recovered. I was not present when NDLEA received it.”
She confirmed that NDLEA operatives are stationed in all entry points in Nigeria, including at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.
Meanwhile, SaharaReporters also reported the events that took place at the court thus:
The suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari, has filed a fresh bail application pending his trial in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Kuje Correctional Centre.
Kyari, who is facing drug trafficking charges, predicated his application on safety grounds, against the background of the recent terrorists’ attack on the Kuje correctional centre, Abuja.
Justice Emeka Nwite has fixed Wednesday to hear the bail application.
In like manner, three other police officers are equally on trial over the alleged offences – ACP Sunday J. Ubia, Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu – also prayed the court to okay their release on bail on similar grounds.
However, the 3rd defendant, Bawa James, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, did not join them in the application.
Kyari’s counsel, Ikpeazu, said his client’s fresh application became necessary, considering the nature of assignments he undertook while performing his duties as a police officer, Daily Sun reports.
Ikpeazu submitted that some of the inmates on remand at the Kuje Correctional Centre were people that Kyari’s team at the Police IRT, made their arrest possible.
This came as the NDLEA, through its Director of Legal Services, Mr Sunday Joseph, opened its case against Kyari and his co-defendants after urging the court to refuse their fresh request for bail.
Meanwhile, the NDLEA on Monday opened its case against the Defendants by presenting its first witness before the court.
The first prosecution witness, Mrs Patricia Afolabi, a Commander of Narcotics attached to the forensic unit of the agency, told the court that part of her job specification involves receiving and conducting forensic analysis on drug exhibits.
She told the court that she had on February 7, received from the forensic liaison officer of the agency, Abubakar Aliyu, one sealed transparent evidence pack that contained 24 dispensing packs each.
The PW1 said each of the parks contained a white substance measured at 0.5grams. She said the package also contained a request form for analysis.
Trial Justice Emeka Nwite admitted all the exhibits in evidence without objection from the defendants.
Under cross-examination by counsel to Kyari, the witness said it was not true that every suspect in a drug deal must be present before such analysis could be conducted.
Afolabi said it was not customary that all suspects would be present when substances are also handed over for analysis.
Meanwhile, the court has adjourned further cross-examination of the witness to Tuesday.
“Contact with any of them”, she added.
The court adjourned further cross-examination of the witness till Tuesday.
The NDLEA alleged that Kyari and his men, unlawfully tampered with 21.25kilograms worth of cocaine that they seized from two apprehended drug traffickers- Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwane, even as it also accused them of dealing in cocaine worth 17.55kg.
It alleged that the police officers committed the offence between January 19 and 25, 2022, at the office of Inspector-General of Police (IGP) IRT, Abuja, in connivance with one ASP John Umoru (now at large), contrary to section 14(b) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.