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BREAKING: Police Arrests Abba Kyari, Hands Him Over To NDLEA.

Abba Kyari, a suspended deputy commissioner of police in Nigeria, has been arrested for his role in drug trafficking.

Muyiwa Adejobi, a police spokeswoman, confirmed to reporters on Monday that Mr Kyari was detained together with four other people.

Mr Adejobi did not provide any other information on the arrest, although he did pledge to publish a press statement shortly.

The hapless detective was apprehended just hours after the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) proclaimed him wanted.

The agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, told a news conference in Abuja on Monday that Mr Kyari was sought for aiding and abetting drug trafficking and establishing his own international cartel.

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Mr Kyari, he claims, is a part of a narcotics mafia that runs the Brazil-Ethiopia-Nigeria illicit drug pipeline.

“The saga started on Friday, January 21, 2022, when DCP Kyari initiated a call to one of the NDLEA officers in Abuja at 2:12 pm. When the officer returned the call two minutes later, Kyari informed him he was coming to see him, to discuss an operational matter after the Juma’at service,” Mr Babafemi recounted.

“He appeared at the agreed venue of the meeting with the officer and went straight to the crux of the matter. This was it: His team had intercepted and arrested some traffickers that came into the country from Ethiopia with, according to him, 25kg of cocaine.

“He proposed a drug deal whereby he and his team are to take 15kg of the cocaine and leave 10kg for the prosecution of the suspects arrested with the illicit drug in Enugu. In the meantime, the purloined cocaine will be replaced with a dummy worth 15kg. He asked the NDLEA officer to persuade men of the FCT Command to play along as well.

“By 11: 05 am on Monday, January 24, after the Agency gave the officer the green light to play along, he and Kyari began a WhatsApp call for the rest of the day. The officer conveyed “their” willingness to play the game.

“At this point, Kyari disclosed that the 15kg (already taken out) was shared between the informants that provided information for the seizure and he and his men of the IRT of the Nigerian Police.”

The NDLEA’s revelation comes just a few months after the former police intelligence unit chief was charged by a US court in an online fraud case.

The court had decided that Mr Kyari sought to address charges of involvement in the $1.1 million bribe scheme perpetrated by Ramon Abbas nicknamed Hushpuppi, a well-known fraudster.

The Police Service Commission (PSC) suspended him from his position as deputy commissioner of police and head of the IRT as a result of this.


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