Court orders NDLEA to respond to Abba Kyari’s bail request within 24 Hours
According to a ruling issued on Thursday by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency must answer to a plea for bail brought by Abba Kyari, a suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Former Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team chief Kyari is being detained by the agency on suspicion of participating in a cocaine transaction involving 25kg of cocaine.
He filed a lawsuit to reclaim his freedom after he was arrested and turned over to the National Narcotics Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for an alleged drug offence.
When counsel for the NDLEA, Mike Kassa, reported to the judge that the agency had not been served with Kyari’s application for bail, the court ordered a 30-minute suspension of the proceedings to allow the applicant’s attorney, Cynthia Ikenna, to serve a copy of the document on Kassa. The suspension was lifted at the end of the 30-minute period.
NDLEA’s Director of Legal Services, Joseph Sunday, requested an adjournment of the case when it was re-opened so that the agency could answer to Kyari’s bail plea. The judge granted the motion.
During the hearing of the bail application, Justice Ekwo instructed the lawyers representing the parties in the dispute to put their residences in order. The case was delayed to February 28.
Kyari’s attorney, Ikenna, had filed an ex parte application with the court, pleading with the judge to release her client on the basis of her health.
Justice Ekwo, on the other hand, asked the counsel to serve the NDLEA with the pending request before scheduling the case for hearing on Thursday.
Because the court records were not properly served on the anti-drug agency, the hearing had to be postponed until the matter could be resolved.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) reported on February 14 that Kyari was in its custody after previously declaring the officer sought for allegedly aiding and abetting drug trafficking and operating a drug gang.