Abba Kyari, the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, and his brothers, Mohammed Baba Kyari and Ali Kyari, found themselves thrust into the limelight as they faced a 24-count charge filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Nigeria. The charges leveled against them pertained to the failure to declare assets, as per the mandates of the NDLEA. This case, involving some of Nigeria’s high-profile individuals, has garnered considerable attention and stirred up discussions on the obligations and accountability of public servants.
In a recent development in this case, Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Abuja granted conditional bail to the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari. The bail, set at a significant sum of N50 million, also entails the condition of having two sureties of the same amount.
Justice Omotosho further clarified that the sureties involved in Abba Kyari’s bail condition must possess properties within the court’s jurisdiction, with a valuation of no less than N25 million. This requirement is part of the additional stipulations set forth by the court for the release of Abba Kyari, who, until his suspension, held a high-ranking position in the Nigerian police force.
While this decision may seem like a favorable development for Abba Kyari, it comes with a significant caveat. Even if Kyari fulfills all the bail conditions, Justice Omotosho maintained that the endorsement of his release warrant would still be influenced by the progress in a connected case. In this sister case, Abba Kyari, along with four other individuals, faces charges related to alleged involvement in illicit drug dealing.
As for Abba Kyari’s brothers, Mohammed Baba Kyari and Ali Kyari, they were granted bail earlier by Justice Omotosho, under circumstances and conditions that were not specified in the announcement.
The high-profile case involving the Kyari brothers is a testament to the ongoing endeavors of the NDLEA and the Nigerian judicial system to uphold the rule of law. It reaffirms the commitment of these institutions to ensure that everyone, regardless of their social or political standing, is subject to the same legal requirements and consequences. This case, as it progresses, will undoubtedly continue to make waves and will likely be closely monitored by observers and stakeholders alike.