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#Abba Kyari Faces Fresh Charges As NDLEA Uncovers Multi-Billion Assets

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The embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari has been faced with 24 fresh charges as the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) uncovered 14 assets, including shopping malls, residential estate, polo playground, lands and farmland allegedly belonging to him.

Recall that the Nigerian Police on February 14, 2022 handed over DCP Abba Kyari, who is an erstwhile Commander of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and four others: ACP Sunday J. Ubua; ASP Bawa James; Inspector Simon Agirgba and Inspector John Nuhu to the NDLEA over involvement in a 25 kilograms Cocaine deal and running of drug a cartel.

Kyari and his team were also linked to an alleged seizure of a large consignment of Tramadol in a warehouse at Amuwo-Odofin area of Lagos which worth N3billion imported into Nigeria by an individual who claimed to be a pharmacist.

The once super-cop who is currently being remanded at Kuje maximum prison in Abuja had earlier been suspended by the police after the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicted him in the fraud case of a popular fraudster, Ramon Abbas, known as Hushpuppi. The US authourities said Kyari was a conspirator with Hushpuppi in a $1.1 million deal to defraud a Qatari businessman.

In the fresh suit filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja, the NDLEA accused him of non-disclosure of assets. The agency says it traced several properties to Mr Kyari and some of his siblings in Abuja and Maiduguri, Borno State.

Headlinenews.news reports that assets include: shopping malls, residential estate, polo playground, lands and farmland belonging to Mr Kyari.

According to the fresh 24 charges, the NDLEA said Mr Kyari failed to declare his ownership of the properties in different locations in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and Maiduguri.

Over N207 million and Є17,598 were also found in his various accounts in GTB, UBA, and Sterling Bank.

The charges dated 30 August were filed by NDLEA’s director of prosecution and legal services, Joseph Sunday. The anti-narcotics agency alleged that Kyari concealed his acquisition of the assets.

Other defendants named in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/408/22 are: Mohammed Kyari and Ali Kyari.

One of the counts reads, “That you, DCP Abba Kyari, male, adult and you Mohammed Kyari, male, adult, on or about February 14, 2022, in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honourable court in order to disguise the true ownership of the property situate at plot no. 33, Bama Road, GRA Extension, Maiduguri, Borno State, covered by certificate no. BO/4319 issued by Borno State Government by deposing to a false affidavit at the Federal High Court in suit no. FHC/NG/Cs/9/2022 and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under section 15(3)(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011, (as amended).”

Similarly, the NDLEA lodged a separate criminal charge against Sunday Ubua, Kyari’s former deputy of the IRT squad.

Stephen Kashawa, a litigation officer at the NDLEA who deposed to an affidavit in support of the charge, said investigation into Mr Kyari’s activities was expansive when he was transferred by the police to the NDLEA headquarters on February 14, 2022, for investigation.

According to the filings, the financial investigation which extended to Kyari’s assets triggered the fresh suit bordering on non-disclosure and money laundering.

Count one read, “That You, Sunday Ubua, male, adult, on or about the 14th day of February, 2022, at the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency headquarters, Port Harcourt Crescent, off Gombiya Street, Area 11, Garki, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, knowingly failed to make full disclosure of your assets in the NDLEA assets declaration firm by not disclosing your N100 million life insurance policy with First Bank of Nigeria Insurance Limited contrary to and punishable under section 35(3)(a) of the NDLEA Act, CAP N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”

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