Cocaine bust: Parade Abba Kyari, arrested police officers – Lawyer to NDLEA


A legal practitioner, Pelumi Olajengbesi, has asked the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to parade Abba Kyari and others arrested for alleged involvement in a cocaine deal.

Kyari, a suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), and four officers have been in custody since Monday.

They are ACP Sunday Ubuah, ASP James Bawa, Inspectors Simon Agrigba and John Nuhu. Wanted ASP John Umoru is still at large.

In his reaction, Olajengbesi said security agencies were yet to demonstrate “equal lawlessness they carry out in investigating and embarrassing citizens”.

The rights activist reminded them that suspects are usually interviewed on camera and snapped while holding boards with incriminating inscriptions.

Olajengbesi wondered why Kyari and his men have not been paraded with recovered items like in the cases of “common criminals”.

“We need the NDLEA to bring Abba Kyari to answer questions on TV with the display of the 25kg cocaine. Let us not be hopeless in this country!”, the lawyer wrote on Facebook.

On Thursday, the Police Service Commission (PSC) suspended the officers indicted for links with an international drug cartel.

“DCP Abba Kyari, who prior to this allegation was on suspension, shall remain so. The IGP is requested to inform of the arrest of ASP John Umoru”, the PSC wrote.

The letter to Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba (Ref CB: 4099/FHQ/ABJ/Vol16/151), copied NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa, a retired Army General.

Earlier, the anti-narcotics agency revealed the statements Kyari made to undercover operatives investigating the cocaine seizure.