Abba Kyari, the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Thursday, May 26, filed a new bail application with the Federal High Court.
Abba Kyari and three of his co-defendants asked Justice Emeka Nwite to grant them bail because their lives were in danger at the Kuje Correctional Centre, where they were held.
Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, counsel to Kyari and suspended ACP Sunday Ubia, informed the court that an application for bail for the first, second, fourth, and fifth defendants had been submitted and served on the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), according to NAN.
He said that the application was necessary because of the nature of the defendants’ role in policing the country.
The defendants are being held with criminals in the detention centre, according to Ikpeazu, and their arrests were made possible by them.
Their lives are in danger, according to the senior counsel, which is why they require bail.
According to Nigerian News Agency (NAN), the NDLEA has accused four suspended police officers, including ACP Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Insp Simon Agirigba, and Insp John Nuhu, as the 2nd to 5th defendants, for an alleged narcotics offence alongside Kyari.
While the first, second, fourth, and fifth defendants, Abba Kyari, Ubia, Agirigba, and Nuhu (1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th defendants, respectively), sought bail for the alleged threats to their life, ASP Bawa James, the third defendant in the case, did not.
Meanwhile, Sunday Joseph, counsel for the prosecution (NDLEA), objected to the request for a bail plea, claiming that the case had been set for a review of the facts of the 6th and 7th defendants, who had pleaded guilty to the counts filed against them.
The two suspected drug traffickers detained at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu were Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne (6th and 7th defendants).
Umeibe and Ezenwanne pled guilty to five, six, and seven counts, respectively, and were detained in the Suleja Correctional Centre.