The suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari, who is facing drug trafficking charge, Wednesday, narrowly escaped murder in Kuje Prison by aggrieved inmates, who accused him of insincerity in bribe-for-release deals when he was in active service.
According to Premium Times, the attack happened on Wednesday, May 4, months after Abba Kyari was remanded following his ongoing trial for drug-related offences.
According to the report, the prisoners who wanted Abba Kyari dead were about 190 and they are mostly in prison for drug offences.
After the attack, Prison officials are reportedly considering moving Abba Kyari to the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) from the Kuje prison.
The Kuje attackers claimed Kyari prosecuted them despite taking bribes from them.
The embattled senior police officer was allegedly rescued by officials and has since been kept in an isolated cell “under heavy protection where no one sees him for fear of attack or poisoning.”
It was further alleged that Kyari has had to pay each of the aggrieved inmates N200,000 “to buy loyalty and peace.”
Nevertheless, sources said the aggrieved inmates have continued to threaten Kyari’s life even after the settlement, Premium Times reports.
It was stated that an official recommendation has therefore been made that Kyari should be transferred out of Kuje to a DSS facility.
According to Globalgistng, Mr Kyari, through his team of lawyers led by Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, told the court on Thursday that he is feeling unsafe at the Kuje Correctional Center where he said he was being remanded with hardened criminals.
Ikpeazu said the fresh application for the court to reconsider the request his client earlier made for bail pending the determination of the charge against him, became necessary, considering the nature of assignments he undertook while performing his duties as a police officer.
According to the defence lawyer, some of the inmates on remand at the Kuje Correctional Center, were people that Kyari’s team at the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, made their arrest possible.
Aside from DCP Kyari, three other police officers that are equally on trial over the alleged offence- ACP Sunday J. Ubia, Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu- also begged the court to okay their release on bail on safety grounds.
However, the 3rd defendant in the matter, Bawa James, who is an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, did not join them in the application.
Meanwhile, counsel for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Mr. Sunday Joseph, urged the court to refuse the bail request by the defendants.
The prosecution counsel maintained that the matter was originally slated for the review of facts of the case relating to two self-confessed drug traffickers, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwane, who were linked to the suspended DCP, Kyari.