The suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari, on Thursday, prayed Federal High Court in Abuja to release him on bail, alleging that his life is in danger in prison.
Kyari, who is facing drug trafficking charge, via his council led by Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, told the court that his life is under threat at the Kuje prison where he said he was being remanded with hardened criminals.
Ikpeazu said the fresh application for the court to reconsider the request his client earlier made for bail pending the determination of the charge against him.
He stated that the application became necessary due to the nature of the work the defendants did in the course of policing the country.
According to Ikpeazu , some of the prisoners at the Kuje Correctional Centre, were people that Kyari’s team at the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, made their arrest possible.
Other police officers who are on trial over the alleged offence, ACP Sunday J. Ubia, Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu also begged the court to order their release on bail on safety grounds.
However, ASP Bawa James, who is the third defendant in the matter did not join them in the application.
Sunday Joseph, the counsel for the prosecution (NDLEA), kicked against defendant’s requests, insisting that the matter was scheduled for review of the case relating to two self-confessed drug traffickers, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwane, who were linked to the suspended DCP, Kyari.