Hushppupi:Plot To Extradite Abba Kyari Suffers Setback As NDLEA Files 8-Count Charge Against Him

The plans to extradite suspended deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Abba Kyari may have suffered a setback as the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has filed an eight-count criminal charge against Abba Kyari, and six others over allegations of drug trafficking.

The other defendants in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/57/2022 include Sunday J. Ubia, Bawa James, Simon Agirigba and John Nuhu. The three defendants are members of the police intelligence response team (IRT)

Others are Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne, two alleged drug traffickers that were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

NDLEA in mid-February said the suspended top police officer Abba Kyari is a member of an international drug cartel.

NDLEA said it initially invited Kyari for questioning since concluding its investigation but the suspended police chief was yet to respond.

The police later arrested Kyari and four other police officers for their involvement in an alleged case of criminal conspiracy, discreditable, unethical, and unprofessional conduct, official corruption and tampering with exhibits in a case of illicit drug trafficking involving a transnational drug cartel.

police spokesman Muyiwa Adejobi said an interim investigations report showed that two international drug couriers identified as Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus, both males, were arrested at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu on January 19, 2022, upon their arrival from Addis Ababa aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight ET917.

“The arrest led to the recovery of a substantial quantity of powdery substance suspected to be cocaine from the two narcotic couriers. The operation, which was intelligence-driven, was undertaken by a Unit of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT),” Adejobi said.

Recall that the proceeding to prosecute Kyari for drug trafficking would prevent his extradition because according to Section 3 of Extradition Act, an individual facing trial in Nigeria cannot be extradited to another country.

NDLEA Spokesman, Femi Babafemi confirmed on his Twitter handle that Charges were filed against Kyari and six other by the NDLEA on Monday 28th February 2022  and the case assigned to a judge with arraignment fixed for Monday March 7, 2022 at Federal High Court Abuja

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