Suspended police chief, Abba Kyari has denied being owner of the 14 properties and other assets confiscated by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (OAGF) after it slammed a fresh 24-count charge against the embattled policeman.
Federal Government had, Monday, filed fresh charged against the suspended deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), former commander, Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, barely days after a court had dismissed an application seeking extradition of the latter to the United States for further trial in his fraud charges.
The fresh charges filed at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, claimed that the embattled police chief Kyari, failed to disclose his ownership of the properties in different locations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and Maiduguri, Borno State.
In the fresh 24-count charge filed against Kyari by the Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, J. Sunday, dated August 30, 2022, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) also stated that the suspended DCP allegedly disguised his ownership of some of the properties.
The case with charge number: FHC/ABJ/CR/408/22 had as co-defendants, Mohammed Kyari and Ali Kyari, who are believed to be the beleaguered policeman’s siblings.
The fresh suit is separate from an existing one for which the suspended police officer had sought bail which was denied by the Court in Abuja, last month.
Federal Government filed separate a 24-count charge against Kyari’s former deputy, Sunday Ubua, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, who is under suspension.
An affidavit in support of the charge deposed to by a litigation officer with the Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Stephen Kashawa, explained that Kyari, who is facing trial for dealing in cocaine, was subjected to general and financial investigation when he was transferred by the police to the NDLEA headquarters on February 14, 2022 for investigation.
He added that the financial investigation which extended to his properties led to the filing of charges for non-disclosure and conversion of large sums of money.
However, responding through his lawyer, Barr. Hamza Dan Tani, in a statement, Tuesday, DCP Kyari denied owning the seized properties, as he insisted that he has ‘just N2.8 million in his UBA account and another N200,000 in his Sterling Bank account.’
According to the suspended policeman, ‘all the allegations on monies and properties by NDLEA belonging to Abba Kyari are false, untrue and lies, just to mislead the public into wrongly believing that it belongs to Abba kyari.’
He insisted that the real owners of the seized properties ‘have already filed their cases against NDLEA in Federal High Court Maiduguri.”
“Our attention has been drawn to the False publication in some sections of the media of Monday, 5th 2022 wherein the papers said “the Federal Government has uncovered 14 assets, including shopping mall, residential estate, polo playground, lands and farmland belonging to a former commander, Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.
“We want to set the records straight for members of the public to know the truth. NDLEA’s case in court against Abba Kyari and 4 others is not going well for them. They expected the Court case to go smoothly in their favour the way their sponsored media trials went viral between February to April 2022. They failed to understand that unlike media trials courts need real Evidence and facts which NDLEA don’t have in this case.
“By all means, out of desperation, again, NDLEA wanted to spoil Abba Kyari’s name at all cost because they know that all their initial efforts have failed as overwhelming majority of good Nigerians who want peace and security for the Nation are still behind Abba Kyari despite the set up by NDLEA against Abba Kyari in January 2022, which was followed by massive sponsored media trial earlier this year.
“Again NDLEA is sponsoring fabricated lies, untrue stories, and flimsy allegations, trump up and false charges in Court without justification against Abba kyari.
“On 29th day of August 2022, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja Under Justice Inyang Eko dismissed a suit filed by the Attorney General of Federation to Extradite DCP Abba Kyari to America.
“On 30th Day of August, NDLEA filed another 24 Count charges against Dcp Abba Kyari just to mislead the general public and tarnish his image despite the same matter being before Federal High Court in Maiduguri and without any Evidence linking Abba kyari to any of those properties or any link to any Drug money, stealing government money or any proceed of any crime.
“All the allegations on monies and properties by NDLEA belonging to Abba Kyari are false, untrue and lies, just to mislead the public into wrongly believing that it belongs to Abbakyari. The business men who own those properties and gave their documents have already filed their cases against NDLEA in Federal High Court Maiduguri.
NDLEA without any evidence went and marked innocent peoples properties in Maiduguri and Abuja in April 2022 and released the news to the media which went viral April 2022.
“All the owners of those properties with their documents have immediately filed their cases against the NDLEA in the Federal High Court Maiduguri. The owners of the properties who are all renowned business men, running many businesses for over 20 years have brought all their proofs and evidences before the federal High Court in Maiduguri.
“NDLEA lawyers appeared before the federal High court Maiduguri twice without providing any evidence linking such properties to Abba Kyari. The Federal High Court Maiduguri will continue the case October 2022 after their Vacation.
“This is just a malicious media trial without any evidence to show in the Court. If NDLEA has any evidence linking Abba kyari to any of those properties apart from his farm land and 1 house, they should release it to the public immediately.
“These whole properties matter is before Federal High Court in Maiduguri but NDLEA are still desperate by trying to link Abba kyari without any evidence to financial crimes and properties that do not belong to him, neither is there one kobo of drug money or any crime money that is linked to Abba Kyari in any way.
“We challenge NDLEA to release the Evidence to the public immediately if any. The whole thing is only aimed at Media trials as they have no Evidence to show to the Court. If they have the Evidence let them release it to the media. This is how all their cases will crumble in the courts since their aim is only a media trial.
“For the records, the total money in Abba Kyari’s account is 2.8 Million Naira in his UBA account, the only account he has been using for the past 8 years, 7 thousand pounds in GTB kept over 8yrs ago and 350k Naira in GTB kept many years ago.
“Less than 200k naira in Sterling Bank and Access Bank Account not in use for over 8 years. These are all the money that DCP Abba Kyari has in his accounts, which he has declared and NDLEA should immediately release all Abba Kyari’s account statements to the public if what they are saying is true. Meanwhile notwithstanding that no one kobo of the above mentioned amounts is linked to any crime or drug money, NDLEA Maliciously blocked all the accounts to deprive Kyari of the small money to use in taking care of his family.
“Please disregard the fabricated and malicious News. Let them show the Evidence to the world linking Abba Kyari to any drug money or any crime money or let them show document or Evidence linking Abba Kyari to any of those properties they are mentioning for which the real owners have already filed their cases before the Federal High Court in Maiduguri since April 2022 against the NDLEA because NDLEA marked their properties without asking for the owners or their Documents. All the matters are before the courts and the courts should be allowed to decide on the matters please.”
It would be recalled that the AGF had claimed uncovering 14 assets, including shopping malls, residential estate, polo playground, lands and farmland belonging to a Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Over N207m and Є17, 598 were also discovered in his various accounts in GTB, UBA and Sterling Bank.
The deponent further said the case was ready for trial and that all the witnesses were available to proceed to trial.
The AGF also disclosed in the application that Kyari owned a shopping mall titled; NE/1229 and a polo playground with plot no. 270, both located in Maiduguri, the Borno Sate capital.
The charges also said the former IRT commander did not make full disclosure of his ownership of farmland along Abuja-Kaduna road and a plaza under construction in Guzape, Abuja.
The AGF further added that Kyari knowingly failed to make full disclosure of his asset at plot no 1927 Blue Fountain Estate, Karsana, Abuja and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 35(3)(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, CAP N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The prosecutor also alleged that the embattled DCP did not declare his ownership of an estate at Linda Chaulker Road, Asokoro Extension; plot no. 5 titled BO/4546; plot no. 9 titled BO/1037; plot no. 10 titled CER/4319 and plot no 33 titled BO/4319, Maiduguri, Borno State.
Kyari is presently on trial facing prosecution for illegal cocaine dealing alongside six others.
The NDLEA had earlier marked six residential houses and one plaza in Maiduguri belonging to the embattled former IRT commander.
The two-storey shopping plaza, Assurance Plaza, located along the Giwa Barracks Road in Maiduguri, has about 100 stores.
Six other residential houses within the Maiduguri New Government Residential Area allegedly belonging to Kyari were also marked by the NDLEA, 48 hours after a suspected drug dealer linked to the N3 billion worth of tramadol intercepted by the then Kyari-led IRT team was arrested by operatives of the NDLEA in Lagos.