The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency says it has since February 28th filed charges against suspended police officer Abba Kyari and six others, contrary to reports that it just did on Thursday.
Femi Babafemi, spokesperson for the anti-narcotics agency, made the clarification on social media.
“Please note that the charges against Abba Kyari and 6 others were filed by @ndlea_nigeria since Monday 28th February 2022, the case since assigned to a judge with arraignment fixed for Monday 7th March at FHC 8 Abuja,” he said.
TheCornet had reported that the NDLEA filed the charges over Kyari’s alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
The other defendants along whom Kyari would be arraigned are Sunday J. Ubia, Bawa James, Simon Agirigba and John Nuhu. The three defendants are members of the police intelligence response team (IRT).
Others are Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne, the two alleged drug traffickers arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
Kyari and the three arrested police officers alleged sold 15kg out of 25kg of cocaine seized from the traffickers. According to the NDLEA, Kyari had planned to replace the sold cocaine with dummies.
This medium also reported that the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami had filed an application approving the US request for Kyari’s extradition.
The US is seeking Kyari’s extradition for conspiracy in wire fraud. He was alleged to have received payment from internet fraudster Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi to arrest the latter’s accomplice.