There was a mild drama in court yesterday as wife of the suspended deputy commissioner of Police and erstwhile Head of the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, (IRT) Abba Kyari slumped at the resumed hearing of her husband’s drug related case at a federal High Court in Abuja.
Shortly after the woman slumped, she was rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment. While some people said the sudden development was because she has been asthmatic for some time, others attributed her sudden health challenge to the fact that she could not believe that her husband with his larger than life image could be arraigned in court like a common criminal.
Others who commented on the development said the woman was acting a script aimed at arousing sentiment with a view to attracting underserved sympathy.
However, a cross section of those who expressed their opinions on the issue said what Abba Kyari who deceived Nigerians with his false super cop image, is gettingg what serves him right and would also serve as a deterrent to others of like mind.”
Recall that Abba Kyari who was declared wanted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI for involvement in money laundering and other related offences was arraigned alongside other suspects on Monday March 7, 2022 before an Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Hon Justice Emeka Nwite by the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA on 8-count charge that border on drug trafficking and related offences.
The Cop who had earlier been declared a member of an international drug cartel by the NDLEA was charged along with some members of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) which he headed.
The other defendants in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/57/2022 include Sunday J. Ubia, Bawa James, Simon Agirigba and John Nuhu. The defendants are members of the police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
Others are Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne, two alleged drug traffickers who were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
In the charge filed by Joseph Sunday, NDLEA Director of Prosecution and Legal services, the agency accused Kyari and the four other police officers of conspiracy, obstruction and dealing in cocaine weighing 17.55kg.
They also alleged that Kyari and his men unlawfully tampered with 21.25kg worth of cocaine.
Umeibe and Ezenwanne were accused of conspiring with others at large to import 21.35kg of cocaine into the country.