Court Grants Abba Kyari Bail Over Mother’s Death


In a show of empathy over his mother’s death, former Commander of the Force Intelligence Response Team, suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari has been granted temporary bail by a Federal High Court in Abuja

Following an application by his legal team, Kyari got a two-week bail on compassionate grounds to go home and conclude the burial rites of his mother, Yachilla Kyari, who died on May 5, 2024.

However, the Court presided over by Justice Emeka Nwite on Wednesday ordered Kyari to deposit the sum of N50 million and a surety in like sum.

Also, Justice Nwite directed that the surety which shall be his counsel in the matter, should deposit a copy of his call to bar certificate to the Deputy Registrar of the court.

A copy of the bail ruling showed that the judge ordered Kyari to also submit his passport to the court with further instructions that he should report to any National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) formation nearest to him during the two-week bail period.

Justice Nwite gave the order pending the ruling on Kyari’s main bail application slated for May 31, 2024. Kyari is said to be the eldest son of his mother’s 10 children.

He was not able to attend his mother’s burial, which was done according to Islamic rites the same day she died. His application for bail to attend the conclusion of burial rites was not opposed by the prosecution.

He was denied bail twice even after raising an alarm about the threat to his life by criminals he had prosecuted at the Kuje Correctional Centre.

Kyari was arrested on February 14, 2022, after the NDLEA declared him wanted over alleged links with an international drug cartel. On March 7, 2022, he was arraigned over drug-related offences brought against him alongside ACP Sunday Ubuah, ASP Bawa James, Inspectors Simon Agirigba, John Nuhu, and ASP John Umoru currently said to be at large.

All of them were members of the police Intelligence Response Team and in the charge sheet marked FHC/ABJ/CR/57/2022, Kyari is facing trial for his involvement in the deal of 17.55 kilogrammes of cocaine.

Meanwhile, the two civilians earlier arraigned with them for the offences, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne, were convicted and jailed for two years each after pleading guilty to the charges.

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