The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has faulted some claims made by the Nigeria Police Force in the controversy surrounding the arrest of Abba Kyari.
This is as the NDLEA revealed more details about the drug deal allegedly involving a suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police.
The Agency, in a statement by its Director of Media, Femi Babafemi, revealed what Kyari told the NDLEA undercover officer.
The NDLEA spokesperson faulted the police claim that NDLEA received the drug dealers at the airport.
Part of the statement read, “To correct some inaccuracies in the information in the public space that NDLEA officers at the Enugu airport were the ones who received from the cartel details about the mule coming from Addis Ababa, the Agency wishes to quote from the transcript of Abba Kyari’s recorded conversation with our undercover officer and a portion of ASP James Bawa’s statement to the police as documented in the police investigation report, a copy of which was made available to the Agency, to state that it’s an established fact that it’s the Abba Kyari’s team that was contacted by the cartel and without doubt, the records clearly show how their ring works.
“Recall that after NDLEA requested for Kyari and others for interrogation, they were questioned by the police, after which they were handed over along with the report of their interrogation.”
According to the police investigation report, ASP James Bawa, in his statement to the police, reveals that “he was called by an informant identified as IK from Brazil who told him that a drug courier would be arriving onboard Ethiopian Airlines in Enugu.
He explained further that a pointer from IK, the Brazil-based informant met with him at about 1420hrs on 19th January 2022 outside the airport and showed him a picture of the courier. Subsequently, they sighted the suspect as he exited the airport terminal after all arrival clearance formalities, and he was arrested with another associate.”
According to the NDLEA, Abba Kyari also said the following, “They are greedy, seriously greedy (referring to his informants), we tried to have them accept 40 per cent, but they refused, except 50 per cent, they know the rudiment of the deal very well, they are the ones that do the packing.