Appeal Court dismisses suspended DCP Abba Kyari’s bail application
Abba Kyari, a suspended deputy commissioner of police, filed a bail application, but it was denied on Friday by the Abuja Court of Appeal, dealing another blow to the application.
A Federal High Court in Abuja earlier denied his request for bail, and the appeal sought to overturn that decision.
Justice Stephen Adah, who read the unanimous decision of a three-person panel, maintained that Kyari’s appeal was without merit and that such requests for bail needed to be handled carefully given the nature of the charges pending against Kyari and others before the trial court.
In his opinion, Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja, who had previously denied Kyari bail, had properly exercised his discretion.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency is bringing charges against Kyari, a former leader of the Nigerian Police Force’s Intelligence Response Team.
He and four IRT officers — ACP Sunday J. Ubua, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agirgba, and Inspector John Nuhu — were accused of conspiring to sell 17.55kg of cocaine in front of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
They were also accused of conspiring to tamper with the 21.35kg of cocaine that had been taken from two convicted drug dealers and of dealing cocaine without a license.
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