Suspended DCP Abba Kyari, 1 other pray court for bail

By Taiye Agbaje

Suspended DCP Abba Kyari and his co-defendant, ACP Sunday Ubia, on Monday, asked a Federal High Court, Abuja, to admit them to bail. Kyari and Ubia, through their lawyer, Mahmud Magaji, told Justice Emeka Nwite while arguing the bail application  Magaji, who said the offences with which Kyari and Ubia are being charged are bailable ones, also said that the constitution gave the court the discretionary power to do so. However, counsel to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Joseph Sunday, a director of Prosecution and Legal Services, opposed the bail application.

 Also, counsel to other police officers in the matter, also urged the court to grant their clients bail. The natter is still ongoing as at the time of filing the report.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on March 1, Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Abuja Federal High Court, refused to grant the bail application of Kyari. 

Justice Ekwo ruled that the application had been overtaken by events following an order of a sister court, granting the NDLEA’s prayers to detain Kyari for another 14 days to enable it conclude its investigation.

The judge in that ruling held that the court, which gave the order in favour of NDLEA on Feb. 22, was a court of coordinate jurisdiction.

He, however, said he was inclined to hear Kyari’s fundamental enforcement rights suit with the urgency it deserves after the expiration of the 14-day court order, and adjourned until March 15.’

NAN reports that Justice Zainab Abubakar of the FHC sitting in Abuja had granted the agency’s application to have Kyari and other suspects linked to the alleged drug trafficking detained for 14 more days to complete its investigation.

NAN also reports that Kyari, through his lawyer, had, on February 21, approached the court with an ex parte motion and originating summons seeking a bail and asking the court to enforce his fundamental human rights, which he alleged had been breached by unlawful arrest and detention.