Kyari: Wife of embattled DSP slumps during court trial

Kyari: Wife of embattled DSP slumps during court trial

Ramatu Kyari, the wife of the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari, on Monday, March 14, slumped at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Reports revealed that Ramatu slumped shortly after Justice Emeka Nwite denied Abba Kyari; and six other persons facing drug trafficking charges bail.

The trial was then adjourned till March 26.

The middle-aged woman, wearing a black Hijab, fainted; while armed operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, were leading Kyari and the others away from the court premises.

She was carried and rushed into one of the offices on the third floor of the court by some officials of the NDLEA and lawyers.

Ramatu Kyari was said to be asthmatic and receiving treatment to resuscitate her.

During the court proceedings, Kyari and his co-defendant, ACP Sunday Ubia, asked the court to admit them to bail.

Kyari and Ubia, through their lawyer, Mahmud Magaji, told Justice Nwite while arguing the bail application

Magaji, who said the offences with which Kyari and Ubia are being charged are bailable ones; also said that the constitution gave the court the discretionary power to do so.

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However, counsel to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA); Joseph Sunday, a director of Prosecution and Legal Services, opposed the bail application.

Also, counsel to other police officers in the matter also urged the court to grant their clients bail.

The DSP and other police officers in the matter had pleaded not guilty to the counts preferred against them.

While Kyari pleaded not guilty to counts one, two, three, four, and eight levelled against him; the other four police officers, who are defendants in the trial, also pleaded not guilty to counts one, two, three, and four filed against them.

But Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne; who are 6th and 7th defendants respectively, pleaded guilty to counts five, six, and seven preferred against them.

Although their names were also mentioned in counts three and four where allegations bordering on conspiracy were leveled against Kyari and others; they were not asked to take a plea on these two counts.

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