Court Grants Abba Kyari Two Weeks Bail To Conclude Mother’s Burial Rites

Abba Kyari

A Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Wednesday, granted two weeks bail to the embattled former commander of the Force Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, to attend the conclusion of the burial rites for his late mother.


The court subsequently set Friday, May 31, for the determination of his bail application in the trial over drug-related charges filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency following his arrest over two years ago on February 14, 2022.


The former Force Intelligence Response Team boss has been in detention for 27 months since his arrest by the Federal Government for alleged drug charges.


With the two week bail, Kyari would attend the concluding burial rites for his late mother, Yachilla Kyari.


Kyari’s mother died in the early hours of Sunday, May 5, 2024, and was survived by 10 children (five males and five females), including Abba, who is the eldest son.

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While Abba Kyari was not able to attend his mother’s burial, residents of Borno State turned out in large numbers to pay their respects to Yachilla, who was buried according to Islamic rites the same day.


In 2022, the Police Service Commission suspended Kyari and two senior police officers — Sunday Ubua and James Bawa — named in a cocaine deal involving the suspended deputy commissioner of police.


“The Police Service Commission has suspended assistant commissioner of police, ACP Sunday Ubua and assistant superintendent of police, ASP James Bawa from the exercise of the powers and functions of their respective Offices with effect from Monday, 14th February 2022,” the PSC said in a statement.


The NDLEA had also declared Kyari wanted over alleged links with an international drug cartel.


Femi Babalola, spokesperson for the NDLEA, alleged that Kyari and his Intelligence Response Team arrested some drug traffickers who arrived in the country from Ethiopia with 25kg of cocaine but took 15kg of the seized substance for themselves.

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