The Nigerian Police Force has released the names of four other personnel arrested alongside disgraced cop, DCP Abba Kyari over their involvement in a cocaine trafficking ring.
It was earlier reported that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA declared Kyari wanted on Monday afternoon after he was caught attempting to bribe an official of the agency in order to facilitate the release of some seized cocaine to him.
The statement read in part; “The saga started on Friday, January 21, 2022, when DCP Kyari initiated a call to one of the NDLEA officers in Abuja at 2:12 pm. When the officer returned the call two minutes later, Kyari informed him he was coming to see him, to discuss an operational matter after the Juma’at service. He appeared at the agreed venue of the meeting with the officer and went straight to the crux of the matter. This was it: His team had intercepted and arrested some traffickers that came into the country from Ethiopia with, according to him, 25kg of cocaine.”
“He proposed a drug deal whereby he and his team are to take 15kg of the cocaine and leave 10kg for the prosecution of the suspects arrested with the illicit drug in Enugu. In the meantime, the purloined cocaine will be replaced with a dummy worth 15kg.”
Later they announced via their Twitter handle that Abba Kyari alongside four others were in their custody.
The letter read thus:
Wanted DCP Abba Kyari, 4 others now in our custody – NDLEA
Few hours after he was declared wanted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA over his involvement in a 25 kilograms Cocaine deal, the Nigerian Police Force has handed over the suspended DCP Abba Kyari, the erstwhile Commander of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) at the Force Intelligence Bureau of the Nigerian Police Force, to the anti-narcotic agency.
Five of the wanted suspects namely: DCP Abba Kyari; ACP Sunday J. Ubua; ASP Bawa James; Inspector Simon Agirgba and Inspector John Nuhu were driven into the National Headquarters of NDLEA in Abuja at about 5pm on Monday 14th February to formally hand them over for interrogation and further investigation.
The Agency wishes to assure that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that all suspects already in custody and those that may still be indicted in the course of investigation will face the full weight of the law at the end of the ongoing probe.
Director, Media & Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja Monday 14th February 2022
The names of the other police officers arrested alongside Kyari are; ACP Sunday Ubuah, ASP Bawa James, Inspr. Simon Agrigba and John Nuhu. Another officer involved in the case, ASP John Umoru is currently on the run.