Former ‘super cop’, Abba Kyari has turned down advices to flee the country last weekend, after the police hierarchy nabbed some of his allies, in the alleged drug deals, as he and his patrons resorted to pressing buttons in high places to stop the exposure of the alleged deals.
It has also emerged that, Kyari is refusing food served him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, preferring food prepared by his family and friends.
Reports available indicated that following the video recorded transaction of Kyari and an NDLEA operative, that the agency’s boss, Buba Marwa visited the Police headquarters on Thursday without prior notice, IGP Alkali Baba was said to be on his way out of the office, when he was informed that Marwa was on the premises.
Sources disclosed that the IGP was stunned when the NDLEA boss disclosed the reason for his visit and further showed him the video clip where Kyari was heard negotiating with the NDLEA officials, in their vehicle.
The following day, (Friday) IGP Baba Usman held a management meeting with the top echelon of the command, where he briefed them on the matter at hand.
Before then, he had ordered the arrest of other officers fingered in the drug deal. They included ACP Sunday Ubuah, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simeon Agrigba and John Nuhu. They were all taken to Police headquarters where they were detained.
But DCP Abba Kyari was reportedly not seen on Friday. It was gathered that the search for him was extended to his Abuja home and the mosque where he usually had his Jumat prayer, but was not found there.
How Abba Kyari Was Advised To Flee The Country
Sources close to him revealed that when news of the arrest of his loyalists reached Kyari, he was advised to flee the country in order to evade arrest and the scandal that would come with it, but he declined.
Telephone calls were reportedly made to some eminent personalities in Nigeria, to prevail on the IGP and Marwa, to play down the matter because of Kyari’s pending case in the United States of America, regarding the ongoing trial of Ramon Abass, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
Sources hinted that there was apprehension over Kyari’s temporary disappearance at the Police High Command as at Friday night.
The IGP was reportedly worried, because of the negative publicity Kyari’s disappearance would generate for the Police high command.
Kyari was eventually arrested on Saturday and taken into custody with other policemen earlier arrested, from where they were handed over to the NDLEA on Monday.
Fear grips Police suspects inside NDLEA cell, as Abba Kyari rejects food
In the mean time, reports have it that Kyari rejected being fed with food prepared by the agency’s officials inside his cell at Gambia Street, Area 11, Garriki, Abuja.
NDLEA sources said he had been relying on food brought by a yet-to-be-identified friend, instead of eating what was prepared for him and other inmates inside the cell.
It was gathered that the once respected and highly rated police officer confided in his fellow cellmates, that he didn’t trust whatever officials of the agency would give him, because he wants to be alive to declare his innocence over the allegations against him.
It was also learned that almost 24 hours after he was declared wanted by the agency and later arrested by the police and handed over to them, no visitor has been allowed to see him and four other personnel of the IGP team.
This, according to sources, is based on directives from NDLEA boss, Buba Marwa, that none of the suspects should be allowed to receive visitors, until the agency completes investigations into allegations against them.
However, NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, was quoted as saying that the suspects were being fed as and when due and that no one was starving them.
“We allowed Kyari‘s family members to bring his food based on a special request,’’ said Babafemi.
Reports from the IRT office at the old SARS office, former Abattoir, Abuja where Abba Kyari worked before his suspension, operatives of the unit were seen in groups discussing the fate that befell their once-respected and adored boss.
All of them refused to speak to the press over the issue. One of them, who courageously cornered our reporter outside the gate, said they have serious doubts over startling revelations against their former boss.
“We find it very difficult to believe all the allegations levelled against Kyari by NDLEA. It smacks of mischief against the Police. Did you not notice that they did not talk much about their officials involved in the deal?
“Rather, they quickly capitalised on Kyari and our boys and we find it very hard to decipher why they chose to paint the Police so black without exposing their officials also.
“It was only a later Statement by Police authorities that gave full details of what transpired and made us know that NDLEA officials were also involved in the dirty deal. We would want them to name all their officials also involved in the deal,” he stated.