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Court Sentences Abba Kyari Co-defendants To Prison

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has sentenced two co-defendants of the suspended DCP Abba Kyari to prison.

The convicts, Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne are mentioned in the suit filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) against the embattled DCP, Naija News recalls.

They were the two alleged drug traffickers arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu by the Nigerian police force and handed over to the NDLEA for further investigation.

After a series of investigations, the duo are said to have admitted to committing the offence preferred against them in counts 5, 6 and 7 by the NDLEA.

At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, counsel for the NDLEA, Sunday Joseph mentioned that two motions seeking a plea bargain in respect of Umeibe and Ezenwanne had been filed. Joseph said the motions, dated June 13, were filed on June 14.

The lawyer of the two defendants, E. U. Okenyi, also concurred with Joseph’s submission. Also, counsel for other defendants, including Kyari, did not oppose the motions.

Giving his judgement on Tuesday, Justice Emeka Nwite convicted the duo and sentenced them to two years imprisonment on each of counts 5, 6 and 7.

He said the terms, which shall run concurrently, would commence from the day the defendants were arrested by the NDLEA.