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Disgraced ‘Supercop’ Abba Kyari Gets N50m Bail in Non-Declaration of Assets Charge

Despite making bail, court says Abba Kyari’s release was dependent on outcome of drug trail.

Justice James Omotosho of a Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday admitted to bail in the sum of N50 million, the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari.

The bail was in respect of his trial in alleged failure to declare his assets, wherein he was recently arraigned with two of his siblings.

Beside this fresh suit, Abba Kyari is standing trial alongside four of his colleagues in the Inspector General special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) over alleged drug deals.

 The once celebrated ‘supercop’ and two of his siblings in the fresh suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/408/2022, were specifically accused of failing to declare their assets at the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The anti-drug agency had last month arraigned the suspended DCP and his siblings; Mohammed Baba Kyari and Ali Kyari, on a 24-count charge.

They pleaded not guilty and prayed the court to admit them to bail so as to adequately prepare for their trial.

Delivering ruling in the bail application of Abba Kyari, the court observed that the charge were bail-able and that bail was also at the discretion of the court, adding that there was no evidence that Abba Kyari was a flight risk and would not attend trial if released from custody.

The judge subsequently admitted the 1st defendant to bail in the sum of N50m with two sureties in like sum.

He, however, clarified that even when Abba Kyari meets the bail conditions, the endorsement of his release warrant was subject to developments in the drug related trial before a sister court.

According to him, Kyari’s release warrant in respect of the case before him, would only be signed if the other pending criminal cases were concluded or that he was granted bail in those cases.

Omotosho has adjourned till October 18 for trial.

Alex Enumah 

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