Abba Kyari

The Former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari finally regains freedom from the Kuje Custodial Centre after meeting bail condition.

After being taken into custody by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on February 14, 2022, Kyari was suspected of having ties to a global drug cartel.

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On March 7, 2022, Kyari was arraigned with Sunday Ubia, Bawa James, Simon Agirigba, and John Nuhu, the other four members of the Police Intelligence Response Team.

Charges were also brought against Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne, two alleged drug traffickers who were apprehended at Enugu’s Akanu Ibiam International Airport.

Umeibe and Ezenwanne pleaded guilty and were found guilty, whilst Kyari and the IRT members pleaded not guilty.

Kyari requested bail on several occasions, but his motions were consistently turned down until a Federal High Court in Abuja made a recent ruling.

Judge Emeka Nwite granted Kyari bail on May 22, 2024, so he could finish the funeral preparations for his mother Yachilla Kyari, who passed away on May 5.

Kyari’s bail included requirements that he turn in his passport to the court and visit the closest NDLEA office while out on bond.

The court set May 31, 2024, as the date for the hearing on Kyari’s primary bail request on the drug trafficking accusations.

On Friday night, Adamu Duza, the Federal Capital Territory Command’s Nigerian Correctional Service spokeswoman, said that Kyari had fulfilled his bail requirements and was freed on Friday.

“DCP Kyari has perfected his bail conditions and has been released today,” stated Duza.