How Abba Kyari’s arrest exposes Nigeria Police’s lies

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How Abba Kyari’s arrest exposes Nigeria Police’s lies

The exposure of DCP Abba Kyari’s involvement in illicit drug deals by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday has also exposed the Nigeria Police Force as an untruthful security agency which tells lies to its country and its citizens.

The impression that the police has continued to give Nigerians since the indictment of Kyari by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was that the officer had been suspended while the police investigates the allegations of connivance with fraudster Hushpuppi against him.

At a time, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Police Service Commission (PSC) were at loggerhead regarding the report of investigation on Kyari, with the PSC calling for a new investigation.

Meanwhile, a trusting country believes the NPF was doing the needful, with some Nigerians even blaming the US for daring to tarnish the image of a brave police officer. Everyone believe Kyari was on suspension pending when he will be finally cleared or prosecuted.

However, events that happened on Monday were shocking to Nigerians.

It began with the NDLEA issuing a press statement where it alleged that “Some law enforcement agents, who should be partners in the pursuit of the President’s mandate, are at the forefront of breaking the law, as they aid and abet drug trafficking in the country.”

The agency’s director of media and advocacy, Femi Babafemi added that “Today, we are forced to declare one of such law enforcement agents wanted in the person of suspended DCP Abba Kyari, the erstwhile Commander of the Intelligence Response Team at the Force Intelligence Bureau of the Nigerian Police Force.”

NDLEA later on the same day arrested Kyari.

NPF public relations officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, issued a counter statement to say that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, had ordered an investigation into the matter,  noting that Kyari, who is still on suspension, continued to run operations with the IRT, which resulted in the arrest of some drug dealers.

Adejobi’s press release raised questions over the sincerity of the NPF.

Why was a suspended officer who is still under investigation heading the IRT, the same team he was heading when he committed the offence for which the FBI indicted him?

Was he even suspended in the first place or was the NPF just telling lies to Nigerians in a manner that portrayed it as an inconsistent, untrustworthy, untruthful and incompetent security agency?

Nigerians need explanations!

Adejobi’s press release really raised other issues that must be looked into. According to him, the drug dealers in question were allowed to bring in cocaine through the Enugu airport with the connivance of NDLEA officials.

This is an issue that must not be swept under the carpet.

The NDLEA is another agency that must not be allowed to give Nigerians the impression that it is working while, in reality, it is sabotaging the country.

The NPF alleged that its interim investigations’ report “revealed that two international drug couriers identified as Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus, both males, were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, on January 19, 2022 upon their arrival from Addis Ababa aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight ET917.

“The two arrested drug couriers confirmed that the modus was for the transnational drug barons to conspire with the NDLEA officers on duty and send them their pre-boarding photographs for identification, seamless clearance and unhindered passage out of the airport with the narcotics being trafficked.

“The two arrested drug couriers also confirmed that they had been enjoying this relationship with the NDLEA officers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport since 2021 and had in this instant case January, 19, 2022, been identified and cleared by the NDLEA officers as customary, having received their pre-departure photographs and other details prior to their arrival in Enugu, and were on their way out with the narcotics when they were apprehended by the police.”

This case requires the involvement of an independent body to unravel the culpability of any of the two agencies. This is the kind of situation where President Muhammadu Buhari must be told to wake up to the reality of his job and checkmate the people he trusts with public offices.

 

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