A Federal High Court docket in Abuja granted the Nationwide Drug Law Enforcement Company (NDLEA)’s application to assessment info of the 2 defendants who pleaded responsible within the ongoing trial of suspended DCP Abba Kyari and others on an alleged cocaine deal.
Justice Emeka Nwite, in a ruling, brushed aside the objection raised by counsel for Kyari and diversified co-defendant officers that granting the query could perhaps jeopardise their case.
The 2 defendants are Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne, who are sixth and seventh defendants respectively within the topic.
They’re the 2 alleged drug traffickers arrested at the Akanu Ibiam Global Airport in Enugu, who pleaded responsible to 5, six and seven counts most well liked in opposition to them by the anti-narcotic agency.
Handing over the ruling, the opt agreed with the NDLEA and counsel to Umeibe and Ezenwanne that the objectors had no longer given enough proof why they’d be prejudiced if the courtroom granted the query.
Justice Nwite aligned with the argument that keeping Umeibe and Ezenwanne in prison whereas the trial of others final became to infringe on their correct to dazzling hearing going by Allotment 36(4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
He held that the objection lacked merit, and ordered the NDLEA to open the assessment of info of the sixth and seventh defendants’ case.
Nwite then adjourned the topic till Might perhaps 26 for a assessment of info and a hearing of the motion on understand.
The Knowledge Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that the NDLEA had, on March 7, arraigned Umeibe and Ezenwanne alongside Kyari, ACP Sunday Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu on eight counts.
They were the suspended officers of the Intelligence Response Crew (IRT) Unit previously led by Kyari.
They’d pleaded no longer responsible to the whole counts leveled in opposition to them.
Even though Umeibe and Ezenwanne’s names were also mentioned in counts three and four where allegations bordering on conspiracy were levelled in opposition to Kyari and others, they were no longer requested to take a plea on these two counts
On the opposite hand, NAN reviews that quickly after the plea became taking, counsel for the NDLEA, Joseph Sunday, prayed the courtroom to grant a crawl away to assessment the charges in opposition to Umeibe and Ezenwanne in lisp for the courtroom to sentence them accordingly.
However Kanu Agabi, SAN, had objected to the prosecuting licensed skilled’s query.
Agabi argued that ought to composed the courtroom convict and impose a sentence on the duo, it might most likely well jeopardise Kyari’s and the diversified four defendants’ case.
Per him, convicting and sentencing these two defendants who have pleaded responsible to the fee will be prejudicial to our purchasers case.
He contended that Umeibe and Ezenwanne could wish “pleaded responsible out of lack of files.”
Besides, he acknowledged the truth that their names were also mentioned in counts three and four made the topic worse.
He pleaded with the courtroom to place the sentence and conviction of the 2 defendants on withhold, pending the resolution of the topic.
After taking arguments from lawyers to the events, Nwite had adjourned the topic till at the new time for ruling.