Prison authority speaks on giving DCP Abba Kyari, others special treatment in Kuje

Prison authority speaks on giving DCP Abba Kyari, others special treatment in Kuje

Police authorities have said that there would be no special treatment for the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari and four other officers
in Kuje prison custody.

Kyari and the four men landed at the Kuje prison on Wednesday, as part of their ongoing trials over alleged Cocaine deal.

Justice Emeka Nwike of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had on Monday ruled that Kyari and others standing trials before him be taken to Kuje custodial centre, asserting that the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had placed sufficient materials before the court to warrant refusal of bail to Kyari and his co-defendants.

It will be recalled that since their arrest, Kyari and six others who are facing drug trafficking charges have been kept in NDLEA facilities.

Other former members of the Police IRT unit denied bail by the court are ACP Sunday Ubia, Inspector Simon Agirgba, Inspector John Nuhu and James Bawa.

But the Kuje prison authorities have said that Kyari and others are safe in their facilities and dismissed insinuations that they could be harmed in anyway.

The authorities said Kyari and the other Police officers would be kept in awaiting trials cells, assuring that the facilities would remain under the close watch of different security agencies assigned to protect them.

The Public Relations Officer of the Federal Capital Territory Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Mr Humphrey confirmed that Kyari and others facing trials in the drug deal have been admitted to the Kuje facility.

Humphrey said the authorities do not treat anyone specially but noted that 15 awaiting trials persons, including Abba Kyari and his men were admitted from various courts on that day.

The PRO said “The case is a normal procedure for us. He is being kept where awaiting trials persons are and his co- Defendants as well. We are surprised that someone said he is not safe. How can someone said the facility is not safe…is it in his house that the inmates would be safe?

“The facility is a safe facility, we have all the security apparatus here, the army is there, the police, the DSS and our men. So if anyone is saying the facility is not safe, is it from internal incursion of external incursion? We are here as professionals and we will do our jobs to the best of our ability.”

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