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Court orders transfer of DCP Abba kyari, 6 others to prison

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On Monday, the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered that the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, and six others accused of narcotics trafficking be sent to the Kuje Correctional Centre.

Shortly after denying the defendants bail, the trial judge, Justice Emeka Nwike, ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to send them to jail custody.

The court decided that the NDLEA had presented enough evidence to justify refusing Kyari and his co-defendants bail.

Sunday Ubia, Simon Agirgba, and John Nuhu, former members of the Intelligence Response Team, were all denied bail.

"Kyari and four others should be remanded in Kuje Correctional Centre while the sixth and seventh defendants who pleaded guilty, should be remanded in Suleja Correctional Centre," the court ruled.

On Monday, the court heard arguments from both the prosecution and the defense in response to NDLEA's request for a review of the facts in the case of the two defendants in order to allow their conviction and sentencing.

Kanu Agabi (SAN), Kyari's lead counsel, had argued that reviewing the facts of the case and reaching a decision while the trial was still ongoing would be harmful to his client.

"Reviewing the facts while the trial is still proceeding is not in the interest of justice," he claimed.

Furthermore, Agabi pointed out that both Umeibe and Ezenwanne were referenced in some of the charges in the charge involving Kyari and the other accused cops.

Kyari and the other four cops were charged with conspiracy, obstruction, and selling in 17.55 kilograms of cocaine by the NDLEA.




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