Following the arrest of suspended DCP Abba Kyari over drug-related offences, it has been reported that Kyari has pleaded not guilty to the drug trafficking charge filed against him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
According to reports, Kyari pleaded not guilty before Justice Emeka Nwite of a Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, alongside other four police officers, who are defendants in the trial, and also pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against them.
However, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne, who are sixth and seventh defendants respectively, reportedly pleaded guilty to counts five, six, and seven preferred against them.
Although their names were also mentioned in counts three and four where allegations bordering on conspiracy were levelled against Kyari and others, they were not asked to take a plea on these two counts.
In reaction to this, the NDLEA lawyer, Joseph Sunday, Director, Prosecution and Legal Services, reportedly prayed the court for a trial date for the 1st to 5th defendants.
Sunday reportedly urged the court to grant a leave to review the charges against Umeibe and Ezenwanne who pleaded guilty to the charges against them.