On Monday, the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari, who is currently in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for alleged drug trafficking, sued the Federal Government.
Kyari is asking the court in his suit, FHC/ABJ/CS/182/22, to compel the NDLEA to grant him bail on health grounds, pending the hearing and determination of his fundamental right enforcement application.
The embattled former head of the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, told the court in an ex-parte motion filed through his lawyer, Mrs. P. O. Ikenna, that he was being held “on the basis of a false allegation that was leveled against him.”
When the case was called up, however, Justice Inyang Ekwo noted that the suit contained some averments that would necessitate a response from the FG.
“After studying the Applicant’s process and averments in support thereof, I am of the opinion that the Respondent should be put on notice,” the Judge concluded.
My efforts as the Applicant’s counsel to persuade the court to order Kyari’s release on the grounds that “his health has deteriorated badly” were futile.
Rather, Justice Ekwo ordered that all relevant processes be served on FG, who was named as the sole respondent, even though the case was adjourned until February 24 for hearing.