Suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, has escaped assassination by enraged inmates and offered N200,000 bribe to each of them after they accused him of insincerity in bribe-for-release transactions while in active service.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports that prison officials are considering shifting Kyari to the custody of the State Security Service (SSS).
According to a source, the attack occurred on May 4, months after Kyari, who is on trial for drug-related offenses, was remanded.
An official noted that his assailants numbered over 190 people, the majority of whom were incarcerated for narcotics offenses.
Before his arrest, Abba Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police, was a decorated cop and the head of the Inspector-General Police’s Special Intelligence Response Team.
First, he was suspended from police duty after being named as a collaborator in Ramon Abbas – Hushpupi’s international fraud and money laundering conspiracy, dubbed by American investigators last July.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) accused him of being involved in a drug trafficking conspiracy in February, while he was on suspension awaiting the outcome of an internal investigation.
Kyari appeared to be outlining his use of his team to promote drugs and discussing the distribution of criminal riches in a video provided by the agency.
It was gathered that the Kuje assailants claimed Kyari prosecuted them despite taking bribes from them.
Kyari was characterized as a “dodgy criminal” by one of the sources, a state investigator and intelligence official revealed.
The suspended police officer has never been convicted of a crime and maintains his innocence in the allegations against him.
Informants maintained that Kyari was “eliminating lesser (drug) traffickers to clear the field for Afam Ukatu,” a suspected billionaire drug lord linked to Mr Kyari’s N3 billion Tramadol deal.
“Inmates said that after being arrested, Kyari wanted money to drop the case, but that he nevertheless prosecuted them.”
However, a spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional Service, Francis Enobore, disputed that Kyari was attacked.
Meanwhile, officials with firsthand knowledge of the attack, as well as internal records from the service, confirmed the attack.
Kyari was rescued by officials, according to our sources, and is now being held in a separate cell “under heavy protection where no one sees him for fear of attack or poisoning.”
He had to pay each of the dissatisfied inmates N200,000 in “first settlement payments” and then “purchased DSTV subscriptions for cells to buy loyalty and tranquillity,” according to one source.
DCP Abba Kyari leading his men during an operation
However, Enobore, who speaks for the correctional service, said, “I am not aware Abba Kyari paid anybody to secure his safety in prison.”
Kyari is alleged to have amassed wealth far in excess of his fair earnings by inverting his role as a law enforcement officer and involving in illicit activities.
In April, NDLEA said they marked properties in Borno, Kano, Lagos, and Abuja ‘linked’ to the disgraced officer.
Despite the ‘settlements’ the aggrieved inmates have continued to threaten Mr Kyari’s life, sources said.
“Regardless of the level of protection, they vowed to get him. The inmates have given him an ultimatum to return all he extorted from them or be killed.
“Relevant officials have assessed that he will be killed or badly injured if he continues to be remanded in Kuje,” a source said.
An official recommendation has therefore been made that Kyari should be transferred out of Kuje to an SSS facility.
“So far, he has every relevant officer on his payroll. They do his bidding, he sees his wife, and he has access to mobile devices and marabouts,” one source added.