Suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari has been granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja. The court ruling, delivered by Justice James Omotosho, relates to a charge against Kyari and his two siblings, Baba Kyari and Ali Kyari. They are accused of failing to declare assets to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
Justice James Omotosho, in response to the defendant’s application, granted bail to Kyari with certain conditions. The bail amount is set at N50 million, and Kyari must provide two sureties who own property valued at N25 million within the court’s jurisdiction.
Additionally, Kyari and his sureties are required to surrender their international passports, statements of accounts, the title deed of the sureties’ property, and recent passport photographs to the court registrar.
Moreover, the judge stipulated that Kyari’s release warrant is dependent on the proceedings of another case before Justice Emeka Nwite. In that case, Kyari is being tried alongside four others on drug-related charges.
In granting the bail application, the judge concluded that there was no evidence indicating Kyari posed a flight risk or would not attend his trial. Furthermore, the judge acknowledged that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency did not dispute Kyari’s assertion that he remained in Kuje prison during a recent prison break and did not take the opportunity to escape.
“On the possibility of the 1st defendant attending his trial, it is pertinent to state that, according to the affidavits in support of the application, the applicant stated that he was in detention at the Kuje prisons when the jailbreak of July 5, 2022, occurred and he stayed put, even though he had the opportunity of escaping.
“This deposition was not challenged by the complainant/respondent, which means it is admitted. This shows that the applicant is unwilling to run away from his trial and has shown a willingness to attend court when required.
“This piece of fact will work in favor of the applicant in that it is proof to the court that the applicant would not jump bail if granted the same. I note that there have been rulings denying the 1st defendant/applicant bail.
Furthermore, he determined that the charges against Kyari and his co-defendants are eligible for bail.
“He has not committed a capital offense, nor has it been proved that he is a flight risk. I, therefore, exercise my discretion in favor of the defendant/applicant.”
The court postponed the continuation of the case until October 18, when further hearings will be held.