Former Deputy and Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari has dragged the Federal Government of Nigeria headed by Muhammadu Buhari to court to seek his release from detention of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. The suspended commissioner in his suit pleaded with the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel the NDLEA to grant him bail on health grounds, pending the hearing and determination of his fundamental right enforcement application.
Abba Kyari through his lawyer, Cynthia Ikena, claimed to be suffering from diabetes and hypertension and asked the court to order the NDLEA to release him. But Justice Inyang Ekwo noted that the suit contained some averments that would require the response of the Federal Government.
Upon studying the process of the Applicant and averments in support thereon, I am of the opinion that the respondent should be put on notice,” the judge stated.
Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered that all the relevant processes should be served on FG which was cited as the sole respondent and adjourned the case till February 24, 2022 for further hearing.
The anti-narcotics agency had on February 14, 2022, arrested Abba Kyari, the ex-head of the police Intelligence Response Team, in alleged drug trafficking and related offences.
The Inspector General of Police Usman Baba, subsequently handed over Abba Kyari to the anti-narcotics agency for prosecution over alleged links in drug trafficking after the NDLEA released damning photos and video evidence to nail Abba Kyari.
The NDLEA said Abba Kyari, the suspended IRT head, belonged to a drug cartel that operates the Brazil, Ethiopia and Nigeria illicit drug pipeline.