Cocaine Saga: Court Sentences Two Drug Traffickers Linked To Abba Kyari

Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne, two drug traffickers connected to the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari, have been sentenced to six years imprisonment by Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Abuja.

In the ruling of the case involving the accused on Tuesday, Justice Nwite convicted Umeibe and Ezenwanne on counts five, six, and seven of the drug trafficking charge filed against them by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). 

At the resumption of the proceedings, the NDLEA, through the Director of its Legal Department, Sunday Joseph, informed the court that it has entered into a plea bargain with the defendants and pleaded with the court to adopt the terms of the bargain as its judgement against the defendants.

Justice Nwite consequently sentenced the two to two years imprisonment on each of the three counts of charges levelled against them. He further ordered that the defendants forfeit their international passports in accordance with Section 30 of the NDLEA Act, Cap M30, Laws of Federation of Nigeria.

Umeibe and Ezenwanne testified as witnesses in the trial of DCP Kyari and the other accused police officers in line with the plea bargain, even as it ordered the NDLEA to ensure their safety in any correctional facility they would be assigned to.

Justice Nwite fixed July 18, 19, and 20 for the trial of Kyari and his men, and a hearing for their new application for bail.

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