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Court okays NDLEA’s request to detain Abba Kyari, 6 others for next 14

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Ibrahim Ramalan
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A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, granted the request by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, permission to further detain suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police  DCP, Abba Kyari for 14 days on allegations bordering on drug trafficking.

The NDLEA, in an ex-parte application moved before Justice Zainab Abubakar, also prayed for an extension of time with which to detain the six other suspects named in the alleged offence.
The six others are ACP Sunday J. Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agirigba, Inspector John Nuhu, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne.
The ex-parte motion was dated Feb. 15 and filed Feb. 16.
Justice Abubakar granted the order after listening to the Director, Prosecution and Legal Services, NDLEA, Joseph. Sunday, who moved the motion to that effect.
Mr Kyari had, through his lawyer, Cynthia Ikena, approached Justice Inyang Ekwo on Monday, praying the court to admit him to bail on health grounds.
Mr Kyari, who was formerly the head of Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), had also filed a fundamental enforcement rights suit over alleged unlawful arrest and detention.
He also demanded for a N500 million damages for bridging his fundamental rights.
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