The Court of Appeal Abuja Division has dismissed an appeal filed by suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari seeking a reversal of an earlier judgement of a Federal High Court in Abuja that denied his request for bail.
The three-member panel chaired by Judge Stephen Adah ruled unanimously on Friday that Kyari’s appeal was without merit.
Given the nature of the charges pending against him and the other defendants before the Federal High Court in Abuja, Judge Adah ruled that such a plea for bail should be handled with caution.
He ruled that Judge Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja, who had previously denied Kyari release, had exercised his discretion lawfully in declining to give Kyari bail.
Kyari and four personnel of the IRT – ACP Sunday J. Ubua, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agirgba, and Inspector John Nuhu – are being prosecuted before a Federal High Court in Abuja by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
They were charged with conspiracy to deal in 17.55kg of cocaine among others.
Kyari alone was also charged with attempting to obstruct officials of the NDLEA in the conduct of their activities by offering them bribes.