Appeal Court denies bail to Abba Kyari’s ex-IRT member over alleged drug trafficking

Abba Kyari police

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday declined to grant bail to a suspended Assistant Commissioner of Police (ASP) Sunday Ubua who is facing drug trafficking charges.

Ubua asked for bail pending the determination of the charges brought against him by the NDLEA at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Ubua was a member of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) headed at the time by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari, who is also facing charges.

Other officers involved in the charges are ASP Bawa James and Inspectors Simon Agirigba and John Nuhu.

The defendants were accused of tampering with 21.25kilograms worth of cocaine that was seized from two convicted drug peddlers — Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne.

They were further accused of dealing in cocaine worth 17.55kg.

The trial judge Justice Emeka Nwike had denied bail to all the defendants, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, even as he remanded them in prison custody, pending the conclusion of their trial.

However, Ubua went to the Appeal Court.

Ruling in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel on Friday, the court dismissed the appeal for want of merit.

In its lead judgement that was read by Justice Stephen Adah, the appellate court held that the appellant placed no new materials before the court to warrant it to depart from the earlier decision of the trial court.