Disgraced DCP Abba Kyari and four other officers have been arrested and transferred to NDLEA for drug trafficking and tempering with narcotics exhibit.
The Nigerian Police Force has arrested DCP Abba Kyari and four other police officers for allegedly working with and aiding and abetting drug trafficking in the country.
In a statement released by the Nigerian Police Force as contained in their press release found on the PoliceNG Twitter handle, the Force details the investigation and arraignment of the DCP and the corrupt officers.
Here is the report below:
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.
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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.
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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 pay roll.
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.
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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.
The Inspector General of Police assures the public of his administration’s commitment to upholding the tenets and values of policing in line with the agenda of ethical regeneration, restoration of professional standard, enhancement of the anti-corruption drive, respect for the rule of law and inter-agency collaboration in the drive to stabilise the internal security order of the country.
However, some Nigerians have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions towards the Abba Kyari saga. Here are what some of them have to say:
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A Twitter user, @Mayor38 said, “They were cooking something just to avoid FBI arrest, because Abba Kyari threaten to expose them if they hand him over to FBI, they’re doing everything to keep him in Nigeria, all of them knows where Abba Kyari is he’s not hiding or running, planned game.”
Another user, applephilia, replied, “Wanted by @FBI for allegedly being part of a criminal gang got suspended by NPF, how come he was still involved in official duties, that is the question the authorities should do well to answer unless they want us to assume that this is just a charade and maybe a smokescreen”
Also, another user, GeorgeUwaifo, who seems to have followed the news asserted, “This is something I would rarely say, but I am proud of our national institutions, the police and the @ndlea_nigeria. This is unprecedented and shows that there are new sheriffs in town. The Buhari administration should be commended for this. Let’s see this case to a logical end”