Abba Kyari escapes murder in prison, considered for SSS custody

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Prison officials are considering transferring suspended police officer Abba Kyari to Kuje Prison State Security Service (SSS) custody after he was nearly killed by aggrieved inmates, who accused him of dishonesty in dealings. of bribery for release while on active duty.

According to internal documents and officials accessed by PREMIUM TIMES, the attack occurred on May 4, months after Kyari, who is on trial for drug-related offenses, was remanded. His attackers numbered about 190, an official said, and most are in prison for drug offenses.

Mr. Kyari, 47, a deputy commissioner of police, was a decorated police officer and head of the elite Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector General’s Police before his downfall. In the first place, he was suspended from his police duties after being pointed out last July by US investigators as an accomplice in the international fraud and money laundering plot of Ramón Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

Then, while he was suspended and awaiting the outcome of an internal investigation, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in February accused him of being involved in a drug trafficking conspiracy. The agency posted a video in which Kyari appeared to be describing using his equipment to sell drugs and discussing sharing a criminal fortune.

He was charged in court in March and detained in Kuje prison.

‘Naughty’ cop taking bribes

The Kuje attackers claimed that Mr. Kyari prosecuted them despite receiving bribes from them, our sources said. One of the sources, a state investigator and intelligence officer, described Kyari as a “dubious criminal.”

Mr. Kyari has not been convicted of any crime and has said that he is innocent of the charges against which he has been charged.

Citing inmates, our sources said Mr. Kyari was “eliminating smaller (drug) dealers to clear the field for Afam Ukatu,” an alleged billionaire drug tycoon allegedly behind the N3 billion deal. Tramadol linked to Mr. Kyari.

“The inmates claimed that at the time of arrest, Abba Kyari demanded bribes to end the case and then prosecuted them,” said a Kuje prison source who accessed testimonies from the aggrieved inmates.

Nigeria Correctional Service spokesman Francis Enobore denied the attack on Mr. Kyari. But PREMIUM TIMES confirmed the attack by officials with direct knowledge of it and internal service documents.

Settlement

According to our sources, Mr. Kyari was rescued by officials and has since been kept in an isolated cell “under heavy protection where no one sees him for fear of attack or poisoning”.

To ‘buy’ his security, Mr Kyari had to pay each of the aggrieved inmates N200,000 ‘in initial settlement fees’ and then ‘got a subscription to DSTV for cells to buy loyalty and peace,’ said one source.

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However, Enobore, speaking on behalf of the correctional service, said: “I am not aware that Abba Kyari has paid anyone to ensure his safety in prison.”

Mr. Kyari is alleged to have amassed wealth far in excess of his fair earnings by reversing his role as a law enforcement officer and engaging in illicit activities. In April, the NDLEA said they marked properties in Borno, Kano, Lagos and Abuja as ‘linked’ to the disgraced officer.

Still threatening to kill

Despite the ‘settlements’, aggrieved inmates continue to threaten Mr. Kyari’s life, our sources said.

“Regardless of the level of protection, they promised to catch him,” a source said. “The inmates have given him an ultimatum to return everything he extorted from them or they kill him.”

“Relevant officials have assessed that he will be killed or seriously injured if he remains in pre-trial detention in Kuje.”

Therefore, an official recommendation has been made that Mr. Kyari should be transferred out of Kuje to an SSS facility, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

SSS spokesman Peter Afunanya did not return calls, nor did he respond to a text message requesting comment on this report.

Meanwhile, prison sources described Mr. Kyari’s life in Kuje.

“So far, he has all the relevant officers on his payroll. They do his bidding, he sees his wife and has access to mobile devices and marabouts,” a source said.

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