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#endSARS: Panel summons ’embattled’ Abba Kyari over missing persons

The Independent Investigative Panel on Human Rights Violations by the Defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other Units of the Nigerian Police Force sitting in Abuja has ordered Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to produce suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Abba Kyari before the panel on March 22.

The Panel gave the order following the inability of the counsel of Police to provide information about 3 citizens that were alleged missing when Abba Kyari was in Charge of the IGP-IRT.

Representative of the Chairman of the Panel Mr Martin Aikpopo said the presence of Abba Kyari before the panel will avail information regarding the missing persons

The Suspended DCP Abba Kyari on Monday pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charge filed against him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Kyari told Justice Emeka Nwite of a Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja, on Monday, following his arraignment, alongside six others, on allegations bordering on drug trafficking.

While Kyari pleaded not guilty to counts one, two, three, four and eight levelled against him, the other four police officers, who are defendants in the trial, also pleaded not guilty to counts one, two, three and four filed against them.

But Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne, who are 6th and 7th defendants respectively, pleaded guilty to counts five, six and seven preferred against them.Although their names were also mentioned in counts three and four where allegations bordering on conspiracy were levelled against Kyari and others, they were not ask to take a plea on these two counts.

The four members of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/57/2022 include ACP Sunday J. Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu.

Umeibe and Ezenwanne are the two alleged drug traffickers that were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.Shortly after taking their plea, the NDLEA lawyer, Joseph Sunday, Director, Prosecution and Legal Services, prayed the court for a trial date for the 1st to 5th defendants.

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