The defendants’ bail application will be decided on on March 28 by Justice Emeka Nwite.
On the same day, the Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) charged Kyari with ACP Sunday Ubua, ASP Bawa James; Inspectors Simon Agirigba; John Nuhu; Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne; and ASP John Umoru, who is alleged to be at large.
Although Umeibe and Ezenwanne admitted to the eight-count allegations, the five cops maintained their innocence.
Kanu Agabi and Magaji Mahmud, two of Nigeria’s most prominent defence attorneys, claimed that the accused offences were bailable.
To allow the accused to effectively prepare for their defence, they argued that the court may issue bail on liberal conditions under Section 35 and 36 Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution as amended and Sections 164 and 165 of the Administrative of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA, 2015).
A 21-paragraph counter-affidavit was submitted by Joseph Sunday, NDLEA counsel, in opposition to Kyari’s bail request, claiming that he should not be released.
Ex-IRT leader Kyari would flee the nation and be unavailable for trial if he were freed, he said. He also claimed that he might influence witnesses in the prosecution’s case. READ MORE
The NDLEA’s request to review the facts of the case was granted on March 7 by Justice Emeka Nwite, who set the bail hearing for today (Monday) and March 28.
NDLEA attorney Joseph Sunday Esq made the submission after two of the seven defendants had pleaded guilty.
A video recorded by the NDLEA, which showed Kyari negotiating a drug transaction with the agency’s agents and offering them $61,400.00 as a bribe to stop them from testing the 17.55 kilogrammes of suspected marijuana, led to his arrest on February 14.
They were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu between January 19 and 25 after admitting to being drug couriers for the 21.35 kilogrammes of cocaine that had been brought into Nigeria from Colombia.