Reports have emerged revealing how it took the intervention of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for the police to arrest and handover to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) disgraced ‘super cop’, DCP Abba Kyari.
It was gathered that the NDLEA boss, Buba Marwa had already briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on allegations levelled against Kyari.
However, the Police refused to take action after a request by the drug control agency until the presidency directed Inspector-General Baba Usman to release him to the NDLEA.
Sources also revealed to The Nation that Abba Kyari’s arrest on drug related offences would not stop his planned extradition to the United States.
According to a top government source, Buhari’s administration and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) are finalising the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) on Kyari’s extradition to answer questions on a $1.1million loot involving suspected internet fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias Hushpuppi.
“The Federal Government has made up its mind to extradite Kyari when the NDLEA is done with him. There is already an ongoing talk between Nigeria and the United States,” the source said.
“Already, the US has forwarded indictment documents and some evidence to the Federal Government. It claimed that there is a prima facie case against Kyari. The arrest of the top police cop has confirmed the suspicion of the USA.
“The final stage is the invocation of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) and Kyari will be extradited to the United States for interrogation and trial.”
Another source revealed that after briefing Buhari, the NDLEA set machinery in motion for the arrest Kyari and four others, adding that two drug suspects linked with the Kyari group are already in the agency’s custody.
He disclosed that the NDLEA will today (Tuesday) grill the five police officers alongside the two drug traffickers.
“Both the traffickers and the police officers will have the opportunity to face detectives on how Kyari became an intermediary.
“It is expected that this action may lead to the unearthing of the drug cartel in the country,” the source said.
Police Confirm Abba Kyari Arrest, Hand Him Over To NDLEA
Recall that the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) had on Monday evening confirmed the arrested of disgraced super cop DCP Abba Kyari over drug related offences.
Naija News reports that the NDLEA had indicted the former IRT leader in the trafficking of cocaine, which subsequently led to his arrest by the police.
In a statement on Monday evening, Police Deputy PRO, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi disclosed that the Inspector General of Police, Baba Alkali Usman has ordered the immediate transfer of Abba Kyari and four orders to the NDLEA.
The police statement reads: “The Nigeria Police Force has arrested DCP Abba Kyari and four other police officers for their involvement in an alleged case of criminal conspiracy, discreditable, unethical, and unprofessional conduct, official corruption and tampering with exhibits in a case of illicit drug trafficking involving a perpetual transnational drug cartel. The arrest of the officers was sequel to pieces of information received from the leadership of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on 10th February, 2022.
“In line with standard administrative procedure of the Force, the Inspector General of Police ordered a high-level, discreet, and in-house investigation into the allegations. The interim investigations report revealed that two (2) international drug couriers identified as Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus, both males, were arrested at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu on the 19th of January, 2022 upon their arrival from Addis Ababa aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight ET917. The arrest led to the recovery of substantial quantity of powdery substance suspected to be cocaine from the two narcotic couriers. The operation which was intelligence-driven, was undertaken by a Unit of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
“Although the case and the two suspects were subsequently transferred to the NDLEA on the 25th January, 2022, the findings of the in-house investigation ordered by the Inspector General of Police established reasonable grounds for strong suspicion that the IRT officers involved in the operation could have been involved in some underhand and unprofessional dealings as well as official corruption which compromised ethical standards in their dealings with the suspects and exhibits recovered.
“Beyond this, the Police investigation also established that the international narcotics cartel involved in this case have strong ties with some officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu who are on their payroll. The two arrested drug couriers confirmed that the modus is for the transnational drug barons to conspire with the NDLEA officers on duty and send them their pre-boarding photographs for identification, seamless clearance, and unhindered passage out of the airport with the narcotics being trafficked.
“The two arrested drug couriers also confirmed that they have been enjoying this relationship with the NDLEA officers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport since 2021 and had in this instant case of 19th January, 2022, been identified and cleared by the NDLEA officers as customary, having received their pre-departure photographs and other details prior to their arrival in Enugu, and were on their way out with the narcotics when they were apprehended by the Police.
“The Police investigations report also indicted DCP Abba Kyari, who had been on suspension for his alleged involvement in a different fraud case being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), for complicity in the allegation of official corruption, tampering with narcotics exhibit and sundry unprofessional conducts that negate the standard administrative and investigative protocols of the Force as well as extant criminal laws. It is to be emphasised that DCP Abba Kyari’s involvement in these allegations occurred while his suspension from service was subsisting.
“On the strength of the findings of the in-house Police Investigation Panel, the Inspector-General of Police has ordered the immediate arrest and transfer of all the indicted police officers to the NDLEA authorities for conclusive investigation, while appropriate disciplinary actions are also being initiated against them by the Force leadership. The concerned officers include DCP Abba Kyari, ACP Sunday Ubuah, ASP Bawa James, ASP John Umoru (at large), Inspr. Simon Agrigba and John Nuhu. They have all been, accordingly, handed over today 14th February, 2022 to the NDLEA authorities.”