Abba Kyari’s co-defendants plead guilty to drug trafficking

Abba Kyari police

Two persons charged with the suspended deputy commissioner of police Abba Kyari and four other policemen on Monday pleaded guilty to drug trafficking.

Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne charged in counts five, six and seven of the eight-count charge, pleaded guilty.

The suspects were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.

Other defendants in the case – Kyari, ACP Sunday Ubua, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agirgba, and Inspector John Nuhu – pleaded not guilty in respect of counts one, two, three, four and eight.

They were all arraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Count three read, “That you DCP Abba Kyari, ACP Sunday J Ubua, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agirgba and Inspector John Nuhu, all male, all male, Adult on or about the 19th to 25th January 2022, within the office of the Inspector-General of (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves and with ASP John Umoru (now at large) to unlawfully tamper with 21.35 kilogramames of cocaine seized from Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka AlphonsEzenwannne in the custody of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT), by removing and disposing 17.55 kilogrammes of the cocaine and by substituting same with some other substance and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 14(b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ACT CAP N30 Laws of the Federation 2004.”