A federal high court in Abuja has granted an application by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to further detain Abba Kyari, the suspended deputy commissioner of police (DCP) and six others for 14 days.
The NDLEA told the court that the suspects are currently the subject of a drug trafficking investigation.
Four of the six other suspects are members of the police intelligence response team — Sunday J. Ubia, Bawa James, Simon Agirigba and John Nuhu. The two others are Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne.
Moving the ex parte application on Tuesday, Joseph Sunday, NDLEA director of prosecution and legal services, said the order was needed to enable the agency conclude its investigations and possibly file charges against the suspects.
After listening to the counsel’s submissions, Zainab Abubakar, the presiding judge, granted the order as prayed.
The court said the agency was at liberty to apply for an extension of the order, upon the expiration of the 14 days period.
Recall that on February 14, the NDLEA had declared Kyari wanted over his involvement in a 25kg cocaine deal. Following that, the police announced his arrest and subsequent transfer to the NDLEA custody.