The former head of the Rapid Response Team, IRT, of the Inspector General of Police, Abba Kyari has been granted bail after 18 months in prison custody.
Kyari alongside some members of his team was taken into custody in February 2022 after the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, alleged tampering with drug exhibits.
The IRT team arrested Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne, in January 2022 in connection with 21.25kg of cocaine and subsequently handed the suspects to the NDLEA alongside the cocaine.
The case took a dramatic twist when NDLEA declared Kyari and some members of his IRT wanted for tampering with the evidence.
Both Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne have been released from prison after their conviction.
After several attempts to secure bail, Justice Omotosho of Federal High Court 9, granted Kyari bail on Thursday.
He ruled that for the fact that DCP Abba Kyari and his team refused to escape when Kuje Prison was attacked on July 5, 2022, where about 90 percent of the inmates escaped, “it has proven that Kyari is ready to face any allegations against him.”
Besides the judge said all the “allegations are all bailable” and he is not “a flight risk”.
Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail at N50million to suspended DCP Abba Kyari in a charge in which he and two of his siblings are accused of failing to declare assets to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The NDLEA had filed the 24-count charge, marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/408/2022 against Kyari and his two siblings – Mohammed Baba Kyari and Ali Kyari – in respect of which they were arraigned last month.
In a ruling on Thursday, Justice James Omotosho granted conditional bail to Abba Kyari at the sum of N50m with two sureties in like sum.
Justice Omotosho added that the sureties must have property worth N25m within jurisdiction, among other conditions.
The judge held that, even when Abba Kyari meets the bail conditions, the endorsement of his release warrant is subject to developments in a sister case in which he is being tried with four others on alleged involvement in dealing illicit drugs.
He has been denied bail twice in the other case pending before Justice Emeka Nwite, also of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
His two siblings were earlier granted bail by Justice Omotosho.
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