The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has rejected the bail request of embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari and four others.
Justice Emeka Nwite fixed October 19, 20 and 21st as the trial dates in his ruling on Tuesday in the nation’s capital.
Kyari and four suspended police officers, including ACP Sunday Ubia, ASP James, Inspector Simon Agirigba and Inspector John Nuhu, as 2nd to 5th defendants, respectively, are being prosecuted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on allegations bordering on a cocaine deal.
The trial judge said the applicants failed to present sufficient materials and evidence to warrant the granting of the new application.
Justice Nwite, therefore, reaffirmed his earlier ruling of March 28, 2022, ordering an accelerated hearing.
The judge stated that Kyari and his other co-applicants did not show exceptional circumstances to warrant their release.
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The judgement is the second time the court would reject Kyari and others’ bail applications, having earlier turned down a similar request in April this year.
Meanwhile, the suspects are to be remanded at the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja, pending the commencement of their trial in October.