NDLEA moves to stall Abba Kyari’s extradition, files 8-count charge against him

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), in a possible attempt to stall the Federal Government’s plan to extradite the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP)
Abba Kyari, to the United States, yesterday filed an 8-count criminal charge against him and six others it alleged were involved in drug trafficking.

The agency announced, via its Twitter handle yesterday, that it filed the charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.

The move, which comes hours after the Attorney-General of the Federation, (AGF), Abubakar Malami, (SAN), approved a request by the United States to extradite the embattled Kyari, who is wanted in the country
over separate charges of fraud, could stall the extradition.

The other defendants in the charge, which the agency lodged before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, were four members of the Police Intelligence Response Team, (IRT), ACP Sunday J. Ubia; ASP Bawa James; Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu, as well as two alleged drug traffickers that were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, in Enugu, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne.

NDLEA, in the charge it filed through a team of lawyers led by its Director, Prosecution & Legal Services, Joseph Sunday, specifically accused DCP Kyari and the four other police officers of conspiracy, obstruction, and dealing in cocaine worth 17.55 kilogrammes.

It equally alleged that Kyari and his men, who are currently in its custody, also unlawfully tampered with 21.25kg worth of cocaine. The duo of Umeibe and Ezenwanne were accused of conspiring with others at large to import 21.35kg of the illicit substance into the country.

The NDLEA entered the charge against them, barely 24 hours after the AGF, Malami, okayed request for Kyari, who hitherto headed the Police IRT, to be extradited to the US to face trial over his alleged involvement with the international fraudster, Ramon Abbas, alias Hushpuppi.

Malami had, in the extradition application he also brought before the court, claimed that no charge was pending against DCP Kyari in Nigeria.

However, the charge by NDLEA now means that DCP Kyari is facing trial in Nigeria and cannot be extradited to the United States.

Section 3 of the Extradition Act provides that a person facing trial in the country cannot be extradited to another country to face trial.

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