The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has declined to order the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to release the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari, who is currently in its custody, on bail.
In a ruling, Justice Inyang Ekwo, fixed March 15 to hear the fundamental right enforcement suit Abba Kyari filed to query the legality of his arrest and continued detention.
Justice Ekwo held that Kyari’s application for bail was overtaken by events, noting that a sister court had already granted the NDLEA the permission to detain him for 14 days, pending the conclusion of its investigations..
Justice Ekwo said he would only hear the Applicant’s fundamental right suit after the expiration of his 14 days detention period.
The ruling came on a day the NDLEA sought the dismissal of Kyari’s suit for lacking in merit.
The agency denied claim that it violated the Applicant’s fundamental rights, insisting that he was arrested and detained over his alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
The agency equally dismissed Kyari’s claim that his health had deteriorated while he is in its custody.