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Drug Cartel: Abba Kyari sues FG, demands release

Embattled senior police officer, Abba Kyari, has sued the Nigerian government over his detainment in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

Abba Kyari who was detained by the Agency for his alleged link to drug cartel, prayed the court in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/182/22 to grant him bail on health ground.

In an ex-parte motion he filed through his lawyer, Mrs. P. O. Ikenna, the embattled former head of the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, told the court that he was being held “on the basis of a false allegation that was levelled against him”.

Ikenna said the motion sought a bail for her client on health ground. 

“I filed a motion to admit the applicant to a bail on health grant pending the determination of the substantive matter,” she said. 

Justice Ekwo then asked: “Where is the applicant?”

“He is at the NDLEA’s custody my lord,” she responded.

The judge then asked the lawyer what the substantive matter was all about and she said: “The substantive matter is about infringement on his fundamental rights and false allegations.”

Ekwo told the lawyer that going by the averments in the application, the respondent (NDLEA) would have to be put on notice and a date fixed to hear the motion.

He said this was so because the averment Ikena made would need a response of the NDLEA.

“But my lord, his (Kyari’s) condition at the custody is critical,” she said.

Justice Ekwo, however, insisted that the NDLEA be put on notice.

The judge adjourned the matter until April 24 for the motion to be taken.

He also ordered the NDLEA to file their response before the next adjourned date.

However, Justice Inyang Ekwo, noted that the suit contained some averments that would require FG’s response.

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“Upon studying the process of the Applicant and averments in support thereon, I am of the opinion that the Respondent should be put on notice”, the Judge held.

Effort my counsel to the Applicant to persuade the court to order Kyari’s release on the ground that “his health has deteriorated badly”, failed.

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