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Abba Kyari Escapes Murder In Prison, Pleads For Bail

The suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari, on Thursday, approached a Federal High Court for another bail plea.

Prison officials are considering moving him to the custody of the State Security Service (SSS) from the Kuje prison after he nearly got murdered by aggrieved inmates who allegedly accused him of insincerity in bribe-for-release deals during his years in active service.

Through their counsel, Kyari and three of his co-defendants, enjoined Justice Emeka Nwite to admit them to bail, as their lives in the Kuje Correctional Centre were in danger.

Counsel to Kyari and suspended ACP Sunday Ubia Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, at a resumed hearing, maintained that the defendants are being remanded with criminals in the correctional centre, who through them, their arrests were made possible, hence, the need for bail, as their lives are at risk.

The Senior Lawyer informed that an application seeking bail for the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th defendants had been filed and served on the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

He said the application became necessary due to the nature of the job the defendants had done in the course of policing the country.

Recall that the four suspended police officers including ACP Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Insp Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu, listed as 2nd to 5th defendant respectively, are being charged by the NDLEA for an alleged drug offence alongside Kyari.

However, while Kyari, Ubia, Agirigba and Nuhu (1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th defendants), sought bail over the alleged threats to their lives, ASP Bawa James, who is the 3rd defendant in the matter, did not.

Opposing the request that the bail plea is taken, Counsel for the prosecution (NDLEA), Sunday Joseph, insisted that the matter has been scheduled for review of the facts of the 6th and 7th defendants who pleaded guilty to the counts preferred against them.

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