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Why court told Abba Kyari, 2 others to remain in NDLEA custody



By Arowona Abdulazeez

The embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, on Monday pleaded not guilty of the charges of hard drug trafficking levelled against him while his two co-defendants pleaded guilty before Justice Emeka Nwite of Federal High Court, Abuja.

However, despite their guilty plea, they were ordered to be remanded in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency till Monday next week when the application for their bail would be heard.

The Federal Government, through the NDLEA, arraigned Abba Kyari, six police officers and two civilians on an eight-count charge, bordering on conspiracy, obstruction, and dealing in cocaine, and other related offences.

While Kyari and three other defendants, who are Police officers pleaded not guilty to the entire eight-count charges, the two civilians, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne, pleaded guilty to 5th, 6th and 7th charges, where their names featured.

Upon the plea of the defendants, counsel to Abba Kyari, Kanu Agabi (SAN), along with counsel to other defendants in the charge, prayed the court to admit their clients to bail.

Meanwhile, Justice Emeka Nwite adjourned till Monday to hear the bail application of the defendants and ordered that they, should be remanded in the custody of the NDLEA.

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