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Abba Kyari’s co-defendants bags 6 year imprisonment over Drug case

Abba Kyari in court

On Tuesday, the Federal High Court in Abuja sentenced two drug traffickers, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwane, to six years in prison for their ties to the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari.

In a judgment issued by trial Justice Emeka Nwite, the court found Umeibe and Ezenwanne guilty of counts 5, 6, and 7 of the drug trafficking accusation brought against them by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

The Duo, who were seized at Enugu’s Akanu Ibiam International Airport while attempting to bring cocaine into the country, were arraigned in court on March 7 alongside DCP Kyari and four other police officers: ACP Sunday J. Ubia, Insp. Simon Agirigba, Insp. John Nuhu, and ASP Bawa James.

Both Umeibe and Ezenwanne pleaded guilty to the narcotics trafficking accusation against them at their arraignment.

Though Justice Nwite initially deferred the case to review the facts of the case against them, the NDLEA notified the court on Tuesday that it had entered into a plea bargain deal with the two defendants through the Director of its Legal Department, Mr. Sunday Joseph.

As a result, Mr. Joseph persuaded the court to use the conditions of the plea agreement as the basis for the defendants’ sentences.

As a result, on each of the three counts against them, Justice Nwite found the two defendants guilty and sentenced them to two years in prison.

The court, however, citing the two defendants’ regret, decided that the sentences should be served simultaneously, beginning on the date of their detention.

The court also ruled that the defendants’ international passports should be forfeited under section 30 of the NDLEA Act, Cap M30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

The court approved Umeibe and Ezenwanne to appear as witnesses in the trial of DCP Kyari and the other accused police officers, while also ordering the NDLEA to secure their safety in any Correctional Facility of their choosing, in accordance with the plea bargain deal.

It ordered the NDLEA to keep a close eye on the two defendants while they are in prison to ensure that they do not engage in any drug-related criminal activities.

DCP Kyari and his men will face a full-fledged trial on July 18, 19, and 20, as well as a hearing on their new bail plea, according to Justice Nwite.

In the accusation marked FHC/ABJ/57/2022, the NDLEA said that Kyari, who previously led the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, unlawfully interfered with 21.25 kilos of cocaine seized from the two captured drug traffickers, while also accusing them of trading in 17.55 kilograms of cocaine.

The police personnel allegedly committed the crime between January 19 and 25, 2022, at the office of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) IRT, Abuja, in collusion with one ASP John Umoru (now on the run), in violation of section 14(b) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Furthermore, Kyari was accused of attempting to bribe a senior NDLEA officer with $61, 400. 00 at an Abuja restaurant to prevent the testing of some of the cocaine seized from the two arrested drug dealers.

The agency, on the other hand, claimed that Umeibe and Ezenwanne conspired with one IK who is still at large to illegally import 21.35kg of cocaine into the country and knowingly possess it, violating section 11(d) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, and committing an offence punishable under section 11(d) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

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