Abba Kyari denies ownership of mall, others release account details
Former Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) chief Abba Kyari has denied ownership of a mall and other assets linked to him by the National Anti-Corruption Agency. the drug (NDLEA).
The embattled cop also released details of his bank accounts and assets.
He said the NDLEA’s allegation linking him to ownership of 14 assets, including a shopping mall, residential estate, polo field, land and farmland, was false.
Kyari, a suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), in a statement from his lawyer, Hamza Tani, said the NDLEA linked him to the assets to further tarnish his image.
According to him, the agency resorted to cheap blackmail because “the NDLEA case in court against Abba Kyari and four others is not going well for them”.
The attorney said, “They expected the trial to go smoothly in their favor the same way their media sponsored trials went viral between February and April 2022. They failed to realize that, Unlike media trials, courts need evidence and real facts, which NDLEA provides. ‘t have in this case.
“By all means, in desperation, again, the NDLEA was desperate to spoil the name of Abba Kyari as they know that all their initial efforts have failed as the overwhelming majority of good Nigerians who want peace and security for the nation are still behind Abba Kyari despite the establishment of the NDLEA against Abba Kyari in January 2022, which was followed by a massive sponsored media trial earlier this year.
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“Again, the NDLEA is sponsoring fabricated lies, false stories and flimsy allegations, trumped up and false accusations in court without substantiation against Abba kyari.”
Tani recalled that on August 29, 2022, Judge Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed an action brought by the Attorney General of the Federation to extradite Kyari to the United States.
“On August 30, the NDLEA filed another 24-count charge against DCP Abba Kyari just to mislead the general public and tarnish his image while the same case was before the Federal High Court in Maiduguri and without any evidence. linking Abba Kyari to any of these properties or any connection to drug money, theft of government money or any proceeds of any crime,” Tani said.
Insisting that Kyari had nothing to do with the properties, the lawyer added: “The businessmen who own these properties and gave their documents have already filed their claims against the NDLEA in the Federal High Court. from Maiduguri.
“The NDLEA, without any evidence, went to mark the properties of innocent people in Maiduguri and Abuja in April 2022 and broke the news to the media, which went viral in April 2022.
“This whole property case is in the Federal High Court in Maiduguri but the NDLEA is still desperate trying to link Abba Kyari without any evidence to financial crimes and properties that do not belong to him, there is no no longer a single drug money kobo or any other money crime related to Abba Kyari in any way.
“We challenge the NDLEA to immediately release the evidence to the public, if at all. The whole thing is only aimed at media trials because they have no evidence to show in court. If they have the evidence, let them release it to the media. This is how all their cases will collapse in court since their goal is only a media trial.
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Kyari’s lawyer has gone ahead to release details of her bank accounts.
According to him, he has 2.8 million naira in his UBA account, which he says is the only account he has been using for eight years.
He revealed that there were still 7,000 pounds in GTB, kept more than eight years ago, and N350,000, also in GTB, kept many years ago.
Kyari also said he had N200,000 in Sterling Bank and Access Bank accounts which had not been used for over eight years.
“This is all the money DCP Abba Kyari has in his accounts, he said, and the NDLEA should immediately release all of Abba Kyari’s accounts,” Tani added.
The federal government had deposit a new 24-count indictment against Abba Kyari after allegedly uncovering 14 assets linked to him.
Assets include shopping malls, residential estate, polo field, land and agricultural land.
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According to the prosecution, the assets were discovered at different locations in Abuja and Maiduguri in Borno State.
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