Abba Kyari to remain in custody despite N50m bail

The embattled Deputy Commis­sioner of Police, Abba Kyari, has been retained in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) despite being granted N50 million bail.

Recall that Kyari was granted the N50 million bail by the presiding judge, Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday.

But the respite wasn’t good enough for the embattled police officer as a sister court has refused to grant him bail.

Kyari, a former head of the Nige­ria Police Response Team (IRT) and two of his siblings were charged before Justice Omo­tosho, after being accused of fail­ing to declare their assets to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The NDLEA had filed the 24-count charge marked, FHC/ ABJ/CR/408/2022, against Kyari and his two siblings – Mohammed Baba Kyari and Ali Kyari.

However, in a ruling on Thurs­day, Justice Omotosho granted conditional bail to Kyari with two sureties in like sum.

Justice Omotosho added that the sureties must have property worth N25 million within the court’s jurisdiction, among other conditions.

The judge held that he was minded to grant Kyari bail because he did not escape when he had the chance to do so during an attack on Kuje Prison on July 5, 2022.

According to the court, the ma­jority of inmates at the correctional centre escaped during the attack but Kyari and some others did not escape.

Kyari’s refusal to escape, Jus­tice Omotosho said, proves that he is willing to face the allegations against him and not jump bail.