NDLEA Assisted Drug Cartels in Shipping Drugs into Nigeria – Abba Kyari Opens Up


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The suspended DCP, Abba Kyari has accused the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) of assisting drug dealers to ship in Cocaine into Nigeria.

Abba Kyari and four other police officers under the IRT were arrested in February for attempting to bribe an NDLEA officer with $61,000 to facilitate the release of seized cocaine, and were later charged to court.

Kyari made the claim in a N500 million fundamental right enforcement suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/182/22, filed against NDLEA for his continued detention.

The embattled police officer alleged that the anti-drug agency has been assisting drug cartels  to ship in Cocaine into Nigeria.  

He also claimed that he was ‘framed’ by a disgruntled officer of the agency after he went to demand compensation for the whistleblower that gave information that led to the arrest of a suspect.

Recall, NDLEA released a video tape in which Abba Kyari was seen negotiating with NDLEA official for the release of a seized drug consignment.

An affidavit filed by One Mamman Nur, brother to Kyari, he claimed drugs were being brought in from Ethiopia with the ‘knowledge of NDLEA officers’.

Narrating the entire situation in the suit, Kyari stated; “That on that fateful day, the suspect as usual shipped drugs (cocaine) from Ethiopia to Enugu Airport. The officer of NDLEA cleared him within the airport, then officer of FIB-IRT arrested the suspect with the help of an informant.”

“That before the informant accepted to work with the officers of FIB-IRT, they both had an agreement to compensate the informant.”

“That officers of FIB-IRT, having noticed that officers of NDLEA were the ones clearing the said suspect with his drugs (cocaine), they immediately took the suspect to NDLEA and also reported those officers involved in the act.”

“That instead of the NDLEA to handle the matter accordingly and bring their officers involved to book, they decided to frustrate the informant, thereby refusing to compensate the informant.”

“That it was at this juncture that the attention of the DCP Abba Kyari was called, who because the NDLEA officer involved is his friend, decided to intervene for the purpose of compensating the Informant.”

“That the NDLEA officer who refused to compensate the informant was the one who framed DCP Abba Kyari up on a trump-up allegation that he was trying to bribe him.”

“That the agent of the Respondent declared the Applicant wanted because of a mere allegation that he was trying to bribe an NDLEA officer without sufficient proof.”

“That the Nigerian Police Force, based on the allegation of the Respondent arrested the Applicant on February 12, 2022, and handed over to the NDLEA."

The presiding judge had adjourned Kyari's and four others, bail hearing to March 28th at a federal high court in Abuja.

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