The suspended deputy commissioner of police, Abba Kyari, has reportedly rejected food offered him by the Nigerian Correctional Service after being remanded in prison custody on Monday, March 28. The embattled former commander of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) opted for the food prepared by his wife or other family members. Kyari is under prosecution for alleged drug trafficking alongside four other policemen. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) accused Kyari and the other four officers of conspiracy, obstruction and dealing in cocaine worth 17.55kg.
He was transferred to Kuje prison on the order of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja after his bail application was denied. The court held that the NDLEA placed sufficient materials before it to warrant the refusal of bail to Kyari and his co-defendants, namely; Sunday Ubia, Simon Agirgba, and John Nuhu, who are former IRT members.
Kyari and his co-defendants have been settling down in the custodial centre, adding that the DCP has largely kept to himself since his arrival. It was also gathered that Kyari’s presence has generated some excitement among the inmates, some of who were investigated for various crimes by the IRT under the DCP. An officer was quoted as saying: “We suspected that he may not eat the food being served here. So, we were not surprised when he opted for the food prepared by his wife or family members.