Pic 1. DSP Abba Kyari (L) and his accomplices accused of drug offence, during their arraignment at the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday (7/3/22). 01137/7/3/2022/Johnson Udeani/ICE/NAN Pic 2. DSP Abba Kyari (L) and his accomplices accused of drug offence, during their arraignment at the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday (7/3/22). 01138/7/3/2022/Johnson Udeani/ICE/NAN

 

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Two co-defendants of suspended DCP Abba Kyari in a suit filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency against over an alleged drug deal, have been convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment

Justice Emeka Nwite, of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, in a judgment, said having admitted to have committed the offence preferred against them in counts 5, 6 and 7 by the NDLEA, Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne, who are 6th and 7th defendants, “are hereby convicted accordingly.”

Justice Nwite thereafter sentenced them to two years imprisonment on each of counts 5, 6 and 7.

He said the terms, which shall run concurrently, would commence from the day the defendants were arrested by the NDLEA.

Recall that the two defendants, Umeibe and Ezenwanne, who are 6th and 7th defendants respectively in the matter, are the two alleged drug traffickers arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu by the Nigerian police and handed over to the NDLEA.

They had pleaded guilty to five, six and seven counts preferred against them by the anti-narcotic agency.

At the resumed hearing, counsel for the NDLEA, Sunday Joseph, told Justice Emeka Nwite that two motions seeking a plea bargain in respect of Umeibe and Ezenwanne had been filed.

Joseph said the motions, dated June 13, were filed on June 14.

The lawyer of the two defendants, E. U. Okenyi also concurred with Joseph’s submission.

Also, counsel for other defendants, including Kyari, did not oppose the motions.

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