Embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, on Monday, spoke on the allegation by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) that he owns some assets ranging from polo playground, lands, farmland, shopping mall, residential estate across the country.
Kyari debunked the allegation saying that he doesn’t own those properties linked to him by NDLEA.
Kyari who spoke through his legal adviser, , Hamza Tani on Monday said the allegation was cooked up by NDLEA to further compound his woes.
According to him, the agency resorted to cheap blackmail because “NDLEA’s case in court against Abba Kyari and four others is not going well for them.”
Meanwhile, Kyari has released the details of the money in his account.
They are N2.8 million in his UBA account, the only account he has been using for the past eight years; 7,000 pounds in GTB kept over eight years ago and N350,000 in GTB kept many years ago.
Others were N200,000 in Sterling Bank and Access Bank account not in use for over eight years.
His lawyer said, “They expected the court case to go smoothly in their favour the way their sponsored media trials went viral between February and April 2022. They failed to understand that unlike media trials, courts need real evidence and facts which NDLEA don’t have in this case.
“By all means, out of desperation, again, NDLEA wanted to spoil Abba Kyari’s name at all cost because they know that all their initial efforts have failed as overwhelming majority of good Nigerians who want peace and security for the nation are still behind Abba Kyari despite the set-up by NDLEA against Abba Kyari in January 2022, which was followed by massive sponsored media trial earlier this year.
“Again, NDLEA is sponsoring fabricated lies, untrue stories, and flimsy allegations, trumped-up and false charges in court without justification against Abba kyari.”
He recalled that on August 29, 2022, Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed a suit filed by the Attorney-General of Federation to extradite Abba Kyari to the United States of America.
“On August 30, the NDLEA filed another 24 Count charges against DCP Abba Kyari just to mislead the general public and tarnish his image despite the same matter being before Federal High Court in Maiduguri and without any evidence linking Abba Kyari to any of those properties or any link to any drug money, stealing government money or any proceed of any crime,” Tani said.
Tani further explained that NDLEA was up to a mischief, adding that the allegations linking his clint to those properties were thoughtless, baseless and misleading the general public.
Tani’s statement partly reads, “The businessmen who own those properties and gave their documents have already filed their cases against NDLEA in Federal High Court Maiduguri. The NDLEA without any evidence went and marked innocent people’s properties in Maiduguri and Abuja in April 2022 and released the news to the media which went viral April 2022.
“These whole properties matter is before Federal High Court in Maiduguri but NDLEA is still desperate by trying to link Abba Kyari without any evidence to financial crimes and properties that do not belong to him, neither is there one kobo of drug money or any crime money that is linked to Abba Kyari in any way.