Abuja High Court grants Abba Kyari N50m bail

Abuja High Court grants Abba Kyari N50m bail

It is freedom at last for the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, after he was granted 50 million naira bail by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

Kyari was, on Thursday, granted bail by Justice James Omotosho.

Abba and two of his siblings, Baba and Ali, were accused of failing to declare their assets to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

The presiding judge noted that the sureties must have property worth N25m in Abuja.

As part of the bail conditions, the court also ordered Kyari and his sureties to deposit their fij passports, statements of accounts, title deed to the sureties’ properties, and updated passport photographs with the court registrar.

Furthermore, the judge conditionally approved Kyari’s release warrant on developments in another case before Justice Emeka Nwite, in which Kyari was being tried with four others on drug-related charges, Punch reported.

In granting Kyari’s bail application, Justice Omotosho stated that there was no proof that he was a flight risk or that he would not attend his trial.

“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 favour 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,” the judge said.

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