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NDLEA Writes Malami For Approval To Seize Billions In Kyari’s Bank Accounts, Other Assets

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BREAKING: NDLEA Arrests Abba Kyari's Billionaire Accomplice In Drug Deal

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has written to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to seek the confiscation of the assets of suspended former leader of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), DCP Abba Kyari.

The NDLEA’s request which was reportedly filed and dispatched to the office of the AGF last week, followed Kyari’s arraignment by the drug bursting agency on March 7, alongside six other accused persons following their arrest for dealing in drugs and having links with an international drug cartel.

If the AGF gives the NDLEA’s request, the assets of the ex-IRT boss that could be seized include cash and money in his bank accounts, houses, both residential and commercial, vehicles, real estate, hotels, personal effects such as wristwatches and jewellery.

READ ALSO: Court Rejects Abba Kyari’s Bail Bid

Kyari and his co- accused, ACP Sunday Ubia, who was his deputy in the IRT, ASP James Bawa, Inspector Simon Agirigba, Inspector John Nuhu, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alfonsus Ezenwanne, were slammed with eight-count charges of conspiracy, obstruction, and dealing in cocaine, and other related offences at the Federal High Court, Abuja, by the NDLEA.

He was also indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States over an alleged involvement in a $1.1 million scam perpetrated by international fraudster, Abass Ramon, popularly known Hushpuppi, which led to Kyari’s suspension by the police in July 2021, amidst request by the FBI for his extradition.

During its initial investigations, the NDLEA said it had traced N4.2bn to an account belonging to Kyari’s deputy, Ubua.

It was also discovered that Kyari and Ubua had received a combined N4.2bn in different shady deals while they were still in charge of the IRT team.

According to the NDLEA, the sum of N1.4bn had passed through Kyari’s accounts when he was commander of the IRT, while Ubua received not less than N2.8bn which was traced to eight bank accounts belonging to him.

The agency stated that it suspected the funds may have been from the sale of a huge consignment of tramadol seized by the team at a warehouse from the Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos State because the monies hit the suspects’ account at about the same period of the seizure.

READ ALSO: Buhari Will Decide Kyari’s Fate Over Deal With Hushpuppi – Minister

While confirming the NDLEA’s letter requesting the confiscation of Kyari’s assets and bank accounts, its spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said it was a normal and regular procedure for the agency to make such s request.

“It’s a normal procedure to seek approval for a no debit order on suspects’ bank accounts when suspicious transactions are noticed in such accounts,” Babafemi said in a statement.

A senior officer of the agency who preferred anonymity, also confirmed the move, stating that under the NDLEA act, the agency could not just seize a suspect’s property without the consent of the attorney-general.

“Under the NDLEA Act, the NDLEA cannot forfeit his assets unless based on the consent of the attorney-general. The NDLEA wrote last week and the AGF is considering the request.”

 

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Police Arrest ESN, IPOB Members, Uncover Shrine With Python

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NEWSPolice Arrest ESN, IPOB Members, Uncover Shrine With Python

Seven suspected members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as well as a live python they used to fortify themselves before attacks have been arrested.

The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Micheal Abattam, who confirmed this to newsmen in Owerri, said “the Command’s Tactical Teams, on 18/5/2022 at about 0600 hours hastily mobilized when it received credible information that the native doctor who prepares charms for fortifications against bullets and knives for group has returned after fleeing the community.”

Narrating how the Police raided the camps, the police said, “with the positive revelations made in the course of interrogating the suspects earlier arrested in connection with the killing, the team was able to locate the criminal hideout in Ubah Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State and immediately cordoned-off the area and tactically went into the den.

“The hoodlums on sighting the police operatives, attempted to escape only to discover that the whole escape routes had been saturated with police operatives hence, they were arrested. ”

He gave the names of the arrested suspects as “Casmire Mgbugha ‘m’ aged 53 years, Hycent Chimezie ‘m’ aged 30 years, Hycent Azunna ‘m’ aged 28 years, Hycent Ifesinachi ‘m’ aged 26 years, Hycent Chimobi ‘m’ aged 23 years, Chukwuemeka Wisdom ‘m’ aged 22 years and Nnadike Clifford ‘m’ aged 72 years.”

The police said on searching the terror camp, the following items were recovered: one Toyota Camry car with registration number AKD 73 BF LAGOS, one live python, eight locally made pistols, eighteen rounds of live cartridges, one Biafra flag, a pair of police camouflage uniform belonging to the late Inspector Felicia Nwagbara ‘f’, who has been declared missing since 2017 by police authorities

READ ALSO: 107 IPOB Members Arrested In Ghana

While coming out of the terror camp, one of the suspects, Hycent Chimezie for the second time, attempted escaping and was maimed on the leg, the police spokesman said.

The police further said the suspects confessed to have murdered the late Inspector Felicia Nwagbara who was the second wife to one of the suspects – Casmire Mgbugba.

The suspected hoodlums further stated that they were the manufacturers of the locally made guns recovered from them, which they also sell to robbers and kidnappers.

“The command wishes to use this medium to appreciate the good people of Imo State for their undaunting support and assures them of the command’s commitments in sustaining the already improved security architecture in the State,” he said.

 

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Supreme Court Grants Rivers’ Request To Join Electoral Act Suit

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Supreme Court Grants Rivers' Request To Join Electoral Act Suit

The Supreme Court on Monday approved the request of Rivers State to join as an interested party a suit by President Muhammadu Buhari against the National Assembly on the Electoral Act 2022 .

The court has subsequently fixed Thursday, May 26, 2022 for the hearing of the suit.

Rivers State is to be represented in the suit by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of the state.

READ ALSO: Lawan Defies Court, Continues With Electoral Act Amendment

Justice Muhammad Musa Datijjo, who led a panel of seven justices of the court, adjourned the matter till Thursday following the concession by Buhari’s lawyer, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), that the Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of the state be joined as parties in the suit.

Justice Dattijo then ordered the parties to file and exchange necessary processes latest next week Wednesday and return to the court on Thursday for hearing.

 

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Accountant General Ahmed Idris Suspended Over N80b Fraud

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Accountant General Ahmed Idris Suspended Over N80b Fraud

The accountant general of the federation Ahmed Idris has been suspended indefinitely by Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning.

This is coming two days after his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N80 billion fraud.

READ ALSO: EFCC Arrests Accountant-General Over Alleged N80bn Fraud

In a letter dated May 18, 2022, Ahmed said the suspension “without pay” was to allow for “proper and unhindered investigation” in line with public service rules.
He is not expected to come to office or contact any official in his office except for any disciplinary hearing that may be advised.

 

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