Court grants Abba Kyari access to medical care
On Monday, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed the bail application filed by the detained former Commander of the Intelligence Response Team, Force Intelligence Bureau of the Nigeria Police Force, Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari, in his capacity as a former Director of the Nigeria Police Force’s Intelligence Response Team.
According to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Kyari is being held in detention for his suspected role in the illegal drug trade.
During the course of the hearing on Kyari’s bail application, which was brought by his attorney, Cynthia Ikenna, the judge said that the application had been superseded by an order of the court issued on February 22 that allowed the NDLEA to keep Kyari for an additional 14 days.
The bail application was denied by Justice Ekwo, who ruled against the applicant.
He said, “The only order I will make now is an order allowing the applicant access to any medical personnel of his choice.
“The court will wait for the expiration of the duration of the February 22 order of the court.”
During the hearing of Kyari’s basic human rights enforcement lawsuit, Justice Ekwo delayed the case to March 15, 2022.
Kyari’s attorney had asked the court to release her client on bail until the outcome of the substantive complaint he brought against the federal government, which had been heard earlier this month.
According to her, Kyari suffers from hypertension and diabetes, which she claims cannot be controlled while in the custody of the NDLEA. She also claims that her client has been refused access to his own physician.
She also maintained that the crimes for which her client was accused were punishable by bail and that, if released on bail, he would not violate the terms of the release.
In response, Joseph Sunday, counsel for the Federal Government and Director, Legal Services, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, advised the court that Kyari would interfere with the current money laundering investigation against him and, as a result, should not be granted bail.
He claimed that the NDLEA had appropriate medical facilities that could take care of his medical issues and afflictions.
He had approached the court with an ex parte motion and originating summons on February 21 seeking bail and asking the court to enforce his fundamental human rights, which he claimed had been violated by his unlawful arrest and detention. Kyari also asked the court to issue an injunction against his unlawful arrest and detention.
In the main claim, he sought the court to issue an order ordering the NDLEA to pay him N500 million as compensation for allegedly infringing on his rights, as well as an order mandating the agency to issue a public apology to him in various national newspapers.