The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice of Nigeria, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has granted a request by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for the seizure of the assets of disgraced DCP Abba Kyari and his co-accused.
Kyari, four members of his former police unit, the Intelligence Response Unit (IRU), and two other people were detained at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State in January 2022 on cocaine-related accusations. Kyari was accused by the NDLEA of collaborating with a drug cartel in Brazil.
On March 7th, he was arraigned alongside four other police officers, all of whom are part of the IRT team. He is charged with conspiracy, cocaine peddling, and other connected offenses on an eight-count accusation.
The confiscation comes after N4.2 billion was connected to Kyari and his associates’ bank accounts.
“The AGF has backed the plea by the NDLEA requesting clearance for the confiscation of the assets of Abba Kyari, Ubua, and other police officers implicated in drug trading,” a top justice ministry official told Punch on Monday.
“Now that the drug agency has received authorisation, it can go for their assets such as real estate, bank accounts, cash, vehicles, stocks, bonds, and anything else of monetary value.”
Apart from the NDLEA episode, Kyari is also involved in fraud deals involving Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, which has led to him being sought by the FBI (FBI).