The suspended deputy commissioner of police Abba Kyari, claims he was framed for requesting a payoff for a whistleblower who assisted the Police Intelligence Response Team in the arrest of a suspect by corrupt NDLEA operatives.
According to report Kyari, who is on trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja for his alleged role in a cocaine trade, accused NDLEA operatives of providing cover for drug cartels to smuggle cocaine into Nigeria.
The suspended senior police officer who used to lead the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has been in the spotlight since he was first implicated by the US government in a multi-million-dollar Internet fraud case.
The NDLEA accused Kyari, along with other police officers, of being involved in drug dealings in response to the US government’s request to extradite him.
Following that, the agency released a video of the DCP reportedly attempting to bribe one of its employees. Kyari and four other police officers were charged with illegal cocaine trading at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, March 7.
Non-Police officers Chiba Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne accepted their guilt in the illegal importation of 21.35 kg of cocaine.
Kyari and the other four cops, on the other hand, pled not guilty to the eight-count accusation.