Suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, has dragged the Federal Government to court to seek release from the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, The PUNCH has learnt.
Kyari, in his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/182/22, made appeal to 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.
Kyari through his lawyer, Barrister Cynthia Ikena, claimed that, he was suffering from diabetes and hypertension, hence, asked the court to order the NDLEA to release him.
Speaking, Justice Inyang Ekwo noted that, the suit contained some averments that would require the response of the Federal Government.
Justice Ekwo ordered that, all the relevant processes should be served on Federal Government, which was cited as the sole respondent and adjourned the case till February 24, 2022, for hearing.
The Anti-Narcotics Agency had on February 14, 2022, indicted Kyari, ex-head of the Police Intelligence Response Team, in alleged drug trafficking and related offences.
NDLEA disclosed that, Kyari, the suspended IRT head, belonged to a drug cartel that operates the Brazil-Ethiopia-Nigeria illicit drug pipeline.
The Anti-Narcotics Agency added that, Kyari contacted one of its Officers in Abuja and struck a deal to secure the release of a total of 25kg seized cocaine and offered $61,400 bribe to NDLEA Officers who played along until his arrest.
The Police Commission however, had suspended Kyari on July 31, 2021, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States indicted the “Super Cop” for his alleged role in a $1m scam allegedly perpetrated by alleged International Internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, Alias Hushpuppi and five others.