Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has hailed the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for declaring DCP Abba Kyari wanted.
HURIWA said that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Baba Usman Alkali should order the arrest of Abba Kyari without any further delay.
The civil society organisation commended the anti-drug agency under the leadership of its Chairman, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), for declaring the suspended Head of the Intelligence Response Team wanted over alleged links to drug trafficking.
In a statement, the National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, also called on the Inspector-General of Police to stop shielding Kyari and immediately arrest him.
Earlier report has it that the NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, chronicled how Kyari belonged to a drug cartel that operates the Brazil-Ethiopia-Nigeria illicit drug route.
And reacting, HURIWA recalled how Kyari was indicted in 2021 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States for his alleged role in a $1m scam allegedly perpetrated by alleged international internet fraudster Ramon Abbas, aka, Hushpuppi and five others.
The United States Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California had ordered the FBI to arrest Kyari but the IGP and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), evasively continued to shield Kyari till this moment.
Commenting, HURIWA said, “Now that the NDLEA has declared Kyari wanted for drug trafficking offences in the face of glaring and incontrovertible evidence as stated by a statutory law enforcement institution, the IGP has no excuse but to immediately arrest the cop for prosecution by the NDLEA.
“Everything covered has been revealed on the rooftop, if the mind-boggling allegations of NDLEA are anything to go by. Truth is like light, any attempt to cover it always fail if all things are equal and if the prima face evidential allegations of NDLEA is factually accurate.
“The Police Service Commission must also immediately dismiss Kyari from the engagement of the Nigeria Police Service.
“The NDLEA should immediately promote the officer who exposed Kyari. HURIWA commends the officer for standing for truth and for not compromising in the face of an alleged tempting offer by suspected fronts attempting to cover up for the accused police officer Alhaji Kyari. Security agents must also take note that nothing must happen to the NDLEA officer. S/he must be given maximum protection henceforth.
“The NDLEA has started a fearless job, it must not be cowered or intimidated by powers that be who obviously would want to circumvent the process of justice. The NDLEA must be firm and resolute; it must not backtrack its discovery.
“The agency must diligently see to the prosecution of Kyari and everyone involved no matter how highly placed they are in the society. There must be no sacred cows in this matter. Anything contrary is a mockery of the anti-corruption war of the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari.”