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Kyari gets N50m conditional bail over asset declaration breach

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A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, admitted the suspended Abba Kyari to a N50 million in a charge filed against him and two others by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Recall that the NDLEA filed a 24-count charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/408/2022 against Kyari and two of his siblings; Mohammed and Ali in respect of which they were arraigned in May.

Justice James Omotosho, in a ruling, granted conditional bail to Kyari in the sum of N50 million with two sureties in like sum.

Justice Omotosho also ordered that the sureties must have property worth N25 million each within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), among other conditions.

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The judge held that even when Abba Kyari meets the bail conditions, the endorsement of his release warrant would be subject to development in a sister case pending before Justice Emeka Nwite in which he is being tried with four others on alleged drug deal.

Omotosho said despite the Kuje Prison jailbreak by terrorists on July 5, 2022, Kyari refused to escape where about 90 percent of the inmates escaped freely.

The judge said that the anti-narcotic agency did not oppose the argument. He said failure to counter the submission was an admission by the NDLEA.

Besides, Omotosho held that the offence with which he was being charged was a bailable one.

Kyari had been denied bail twice in the other case pending before Justice Nwite.

His two siblings were earlier granted bail by Justice Omotosho.