Details were released yesterday by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA in connection to suspended high-profile police officer, Abba Kyari who was declared wanted for involvement in drug-related deal by Agency.
Nexus News recall that Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, was dragged into the mud after the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), America’s federal police and counter intelligence agency pointed him as a culprit in an investigation into the activities of suspected Nigerian Internet fraudster, Ramon Abass, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
NDLEA yesterday alleged that Kyari was involved in a 25 kilogrammes cocaine deal.
Recall that the anti-narcotic agency declared Kyari wanted in a briefing by its Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, at its National Headquarters in Abuja yesterday.
According to the agency, it declared Kyari wanted after all endeavors to get him honour formal invitations for his interrogation failed.
Babafemi asserted that the agency regretted a situation where those who were supposed to support current efforts to stem the tide of illicit drug trafficking and abuse were themselves neck deep in the menace.
Furthermore, he expressed regret that some law enforcement agents who should be partners in the pursuit of the Presidents mandate were at the forefront of breaking the law, as they aided drug trafficking in the country.
The NDLEA alleges that DCP Kyari is a member of a drug cartel that operates the Brazil-Ethiopia-Nigeria illicit drug route, and “he needs to answer questions that crop up in an ongoing drug case in which he is the principal actor. His failure to cooperate forced the hand of the Agency and that is the reason for this press briefing.”
It contended that Kyari attempted to compromise NDLEA officials after NDLEA team intercepted arrested some traffickers that came into the country from Ethiopia with 25kg of cocaine.
Kyari, according to the agency, proposed a drug deal whereby he and his team are to take 15kg of the cocaine and leave 10kg for the prosecution of the suspects arrested with the illicit drug in Enugu. In the meantime, the purloined cocaine will be replaced with a dummy worth 15kg. He asked the NDLEA officer to persuade men of the FCT Command, to play along as well.
In a sting operation, the NDLEA operatives cooperated with him, which led to his indictment in whole saga. Kyari plotted to sale part of the exhibit drugs and share the money with the officials.
Babafemi continued: “He also brought with him the money from the sale of the 5kg share of the NDLEA team, a total of $61, 400. Our officer, however, preferred to take the money inside his car. Well, the car was wired with sound and video recorders,” he explained, adding that Kyari was declared wanted, having failed to honour the official invitation extended to him.
Therefore, Police authorities arrested Kyari and four other police officers and handed them over to the NDLEA.
A statement by the acting police spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, made available to newsmen in Abuja, corroborated the NDLEA’s claim, necessitating their handover to the anti-drug agency.
Also, the police report indicted DCP Abba Kyari, who had been on suspension for his alleged involvement in a different fraud case being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), for complicity in the allegation of official corruption, tampering with narcotics exhibit and sundry unprofessional conducts that negate the standard administrative and investigative protocols of the Force as well as extant criminal laws.
“On the strength of the findings of the in-house Police Investigation Panel, the Inspector-General of Police has ordered the immediate arrest and transfer of all the indicted police officers to the NDLEA authorities for conclusive investigation, while appropriate disciplinary actions are also being initiated against them by the Force leadership.
“The concerned officers include DCP Abba Kyari, ACP Sunday Ubuah, ASP Bawa James, ASP John Umoru (at large), Inspector Simon Agrigba and John Nuhu. They have all been, accordingly, handed over today, February 14, 2022 to the NDLEA authorities.”