Abba Kyari, a suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, claimed on Monday that it was dishonest for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to claim that he was the owner of 14 assets, including a shopping centre, a residential development, a polo field, lands, and farmland.
In a statement released on Monday, September 5, 2022; Kyari, a former commander of the Intelligence Response Team, said that the NDLEA had fabricated the reports.
Further, he alleged that this was in order to further damage his reputation. He claimed that because “NDLEA’s case in court against Abba Kyari and four other individuals is not going well for them,” the agency had to resort to cheap blackmail.
Kyari disclosed information on the funds in his account.
They are N2.8 million in his UBA account, the only account he has been using for the past eight years; 7,000 pounds in GTB kept over eight years ago and N350,000 in GTB kept many years ago.
Others were N200,000 in Sterling Bank and Access Bank accounts not in use for over eight years.
His lawyer said, “They expected the court case to go smoothly in their favour the way their sponsored media trials went viral between February and April 2022. They failed to understand that, unlike media trials; courts need real evidence and facts which NDLEA doesn’t have in this case.
“By all means, out of desperation, again, NDLEA wanted to spoil Abba Kyari’s name at all cost…They know that all their initial efforts have failed as an overwhelming majority of good Nigerians who want peace and security for the nation are still behind Abba Kyari; despite the set-up by NDLEA against Abba Kyari in January 2022, which was followed by massive sponsored media trial earlier this year.
“Again, NDLEA is sponsoring fabricated lies, untrue stories, and flimsy allegations; trumped-up and false charges in court without justification against Abba Kyari.”
He recalled that on August 29, 2022; Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed a suit filed by the Attorney-General of Federation. The suit was filed to extradite Abba Kyari to the United States of America.
“On August 30, the NDLEA filed another 24 Count charges against DCP Abba Kyari; just to mislead the general public and tarnish his image despite the same matter being before Federal High Court in Maiduguri and without any evidence linking Abba Kyari to any of those properties or any link to any drug money, stealing government money or any proceed of any crime,” Tani said.
The lawyer insisted that all the allegations on monies and properties by NDLEA belonging to Abba Kyari were false, untrue, and lies; just to mislead the public into wrongly believing that they belong to Abba Kyari.