JUST IN: Court Declines To Release Abba Kyari’s Co-defendant On Bail

The Federal High Court (FHC) in Abuja on Thursday dismissed a bail application filed by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Bawa James, one of the accomplices of disgraced police boss, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari.

Justice Emeka Nwite, in a ruling, held that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had succeeded to prove why the court should not admit James to bail.

On Thursday, Justice Emeka Nwite of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja refused to grant bail to ASP Bawa James, a co-defendant in the drug trafficking charge filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency against the suspended DCP Abba Kyari and others.

The NDLEA had, on March 7, arraigned Kyari (1st defendant) and six others over allegations bordering on a cocaine deal.

He was arraigned alongside four suspended police officers including ACP Sunday Ubia, ASP James, Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu as 2nd to 5th defendants respectively.

Also arraigned with them are Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne, arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu.

The court agreed with the submission of NDLEA lawyer, Joseph Sunday, that ASP James (3rd defendant) was a “flight risk” and that he might jump bail.

The judge held that James Bawa did not tender substantial evidence to challenge NDLEA’s deposition and that the character of evidence against him was very serious.

The 3rd Defendant’s counsel had argued that the court has discretionary power to rule in favor of the applicant since the offense was a bailable one.

Justice Nwite had, on March 28, fixed April 28, for ruling on the bail application filed by James after that of Abba Kyari and other co-defendants were rejected on the grounds that James’ application was not ripe for hearing.

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Although the five officers pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them, Umeibe and Ezenwanne, who are 6th and 7th defendants respectively, pleaded guilty to counts five, six, and seven counts preferred against them.

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