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Abba Kyari’s 2 co-defendants sentences to 6 years in prison

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On Tuesday, a Federal High Court in Abuja convicted 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 Nite, 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 NDLEA, through the Director of its Legal Department, Mr. Sunday Joseph, has entered into a plea bargain agreement with DCP Kyari and ACP Umeibe and Insp. Ezenwanne. 

The duo were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu while attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country on March 7. 

Though Justice Nwite initially adjourned to review facts of the case against them, however, at the resumed proceedings on Tuesday, the NDLEA, through the Director of its Legal Department, Mr. Sunday Joseph, informed the court that it has entered into a plea bargain agreement with the two defendants. 

The NDLEA had in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/57/2022, alleged that DCP Kyari and his men, unlawfully tampered with 21.25kilograms of cocaine that they seized from two apprehended drug traffickers, even as it accused them of dealing in cocaine worth 17.55kg.

In line with the plea bargain agreement, the court, okayed Umeibe and Ezenwanne to testify as witnesses as part of Kyari's trial. Justice Nwite subsequently fixed July 18, 19 and 20 for full blown trial of the police officers and their co-accused. 

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.


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