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Drug Saga: Police Commission Suspends Abba Kyari’s Men

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Police Service Commission (PSC) has suspended assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Sunday Ubua and assistant superintendent of police (ASP) James Bawa from the exercise of the powers and functions of their respective offices with effect from Monday, February 14, 2022.

The commission’s decision was contained in a letter to the inspector-general of police (IGP), dated February 16, 2022 and signed by Justice Clara Ogunbiyi (rtd) of the Supreme Court and honourable commissioner 1 for the commission’s chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith.

The commission, in the letter titled: “Re- Investigation into seizure and transfer to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency of 25 kilogrammes of Cocaine by the office of DCP, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Department of Force Intelligence Bureau”, stated that in accordance with the provisions of the public service rules 030406, the commission has approved the suspension of the officers “until the outcome of the investigation into the allegations levelled against them.”

PSC spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani, said the two police officers were working under the suspended DCP Abba Kyari in the intelligence response team of the Force Investigation and Intelligence Department of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

He also said the duo were also alleged to be involved in the current cocaine seizure and transfer to the NDLEA.

The commission also directed the IGP to “note also that DCP Abba Kyari, who prior to this allegation was on suspension, shall remain so until the conclusion of investigations.”

The IGP was requested to place on suspension Inspector Simon Agrigba and Inspector John Nuhu in accordance with the powers of delegation.

Part of the statement read that, “the IGP is further requested to inform the commission of the arrest of ASP John Umoru who is currently at large whenever his arrest is effected to enable it take necessary action”.

The commission further directed the IGP to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action.

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