August 12, 2022

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Forensic skilled tells court docket: 21 reveals linked to Kyari contained cocaine

Abba Kyari and others in court docket

Head of Narcotics Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement Company (NDLEA) Mrs Patricia Afolabi has informed the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja how she performed a forensic evaluation on cocaine reveals linked to the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari at the moment standing trial for drug-related expenses.

Kyari, a former head of the IGP Intelligence Response Staff (IRT) and his co-defendants are at the moment standing trial over expenses introduced towards them by the NDLEA.

Kyari and 4 IRT members are dealing with  expenses bordering on illicit dealing in cocaine between January 19 and 25, 2022 – an offence stated to be opposite to and punishable beneath part 11(c) of the NDLEA Act.

Already, two of the co-defendants who introduced the illicit drug to Nigeria, had pleaded responsible to the costs and at the moment serving two-year jail time period every.

Trial resumes

In her proof earlier than the court docket Monday, NDLEA’s first prosecution witness, Mrs Afolabi, stated her forensic examination of reveals linked to the accused individuals revealed that “21 of the reveals contained cocaine.”

Afolabi, who informed the court docket her job specification includes receiving and conducting forensic evaluation on drug reveals, stated she had on February 7, 2022, acquired from the forensic liaison officer of the company, Abubakar Aliyu, one sealed clear proof pack containing 24 allotting packs every.

Led in her proof by NDLEA’s director of the authorized division, Sunday Joseph, the witness revealed that every of the packs contained white substances measured at 0.5grams.

She stated: “I then issued an evaluation report of my findings, which I signed and sealed. I repacked them as reveals in a big envelope and addressed it to O.C. NDLEA Abuja.”

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And following the “no objection” response from the defence attorneys, the choose, Emeka Nwite Nwite, admitted all of the reveals in proof.

Cross-examination

Underneath cross-examination by Kyari’s lawyer, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), Afolabi  stated it was not mandatory for a suspect in a drug crime to be current for an evaluation to be performed.

In response to her, it was not customary that every one suspects can be current when substances have been being handed over for evaluation.

The NDLEA chief who stated she had a three-decade expertise in forensic evaluation, stated: “I used to be not current when the drug was recovered. I used to be not current when NDLEA acquired it.”

Afolabi additionally confirmed that NDLEA operatives have been stationed in any respect the nation’s entry factors, together with the Akanu Ibiam Worldwide Airport in Enugu the place the cocaine linked to the police chief and his co-defendants was recovered.

Responding to Kyari’s lawyer, she stated: “I don’t know who recovered the substance; I didn’t are available contact with any of them.”

The NDLEA had alleged its operatives recovered the cocaine from Kyari’s co-defendants – Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne – from the Akanu Ibiam Worldwide Airport in Enugu, southeast Nigeria.

The trial continues on Tuesday.