NEWS JUST IN!! Abba Kyari’s two co-defendants have been sentenced to six years in jail by the court.

 

Besides, Kyari, was said to have attempted to bribe a senior officer of the NDLEA with $61, 400. 00 at a restaurant in Abuja to prevent the testing of part of the cocaine that was seized from the two arrested drug pushers.

 

On the other hand, the agency, alleged that Umeibe and Ezenwanne, conspired with one IK that is currently at large, to import 21.35kg of cocaine into the country without lawful authority and knowingly possessed same, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 11(d) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

On Tuesday, the Federal High Court in Abuja sentenced two drug traffickers, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwane, to six years in prison for their ties to the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari.

In a judgment issued by trial Justice Emeka Nite, the court found Umeibe and Ezenwanne guilty of counts 5, 6, and 7 of the drug trafficking accusation brought against them by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

 

The duo, who were arrested at Enugu’s Akanu Ibiam International Airport while attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country, were arraigned before the court on March 7 alongside DCP Kyari and four other police officers, including ACP Sunday J. Ubia, Insp. Simon Agirigba, and ACP Sunday J. Ubia.

Though Justice Nwite initially deferred the case to review the facts of the case against them, the NDLEA notified the court on Tuesday that it had entered into a plea bargain deal with the two defendants through the Director of its Legal Department, Mr. Sunday Joseph. As a result, Mr. Joseph persuaded the court to accept the provisions of the plea bargain agreement as the court’s ruling against the defendants.

 

As a result, Justice Nwite found the two defendants guilty and sentenced them to two years in prison on each of the three counts against them. However, because the two defendants were regretful, the court decided that their sentences would run consecutively, beginning on the day they were detained.

 

The court approved Umeibe and Ezenwanne to appear as witnesses in the trial of DCP Kyari and the other accused police officers, while also ordering the NDLEA to secure their safety in any Correctional Facility of their choosing, in accordance with the plea bargain deal.

 

It ordered the NDLEA to keep a close eye on the two defendants while they are in prison to ensure that they do not engage in any drug-related criminal activities.

 

DCP Kyari and his men will face a full-fledged trial on July 18, 19, and 20, as well as a hearing on their new bail plea, according to Justice Nwite.

 

In the charge marked FHC/ABJ/57/2022, the NDLEA claimed that Kyari, who previously led the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, and the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, and the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, and the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, and the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, and the Police Intelligence Response

and his employees illegally tampered with 21.25 kilograms of cocaine recovered from the two apprehended drug traffickers, while also accusing them of trading in 17.55 kilograms of cocaine.

 

The police personnel allegedly committed the crime between January 19 and 25, 2022, at the office of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) IRT, Abuja, in collusion with one ASP John Umoru (now on the run), in violation of section 14(b) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.