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December 3, 2023

Alleged drug trafficking: Police Commission suspends ACP, ASP in NDLEA’s net

…reaffirms Abba Kyari’s fate

Following their indictment in the ongoing drug trafficking case by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Police Service Commission (PSC), yesterday, suspended Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Sunday Ubua, and Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP James Bawa from the exercise of the powers and functions of their respective offices. Head of Press and Public Relations of the Commission, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, who made the disclosure in a statement, said the suspension took effect from Monday, February 14. According to Ani, the two police officers were attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) led by now suspended DCP Abba Kyari.

They were also alleged to be involved in the current cocaine seizure and transfer to the NDLEA. The PSC has also requested the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Usman Baba, to place Inspector Simon Agrigba, and Inspector John Nuhu on suspension. Ani said: “The Commission’s decision was contained in a letter to the Inspector General of Police, dated 16th February 2022 and signed by Hon. Justice Clara B. Ogunbiyi, retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Honourable Commissioner 1 in the Commission for the Honourable Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, retired Inspector General of Police,” Ani said.

“The Commission in the letter titled “Re- Investigation into Seizure and Transfer to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency of 25 kilogrammes of Cocaine by the Office of DCP, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Department of Force Intelligence Bureau” stated that in accordance with the provisions of the Public Service Rules 030406, the Commission has approved the suspension of the Officers “until the outcome of the investigation into the allegations levelled against them.

“The Commission also directed the Inspector General of Police to ‘note also that DCP Abba Kyari, who prior to this allegation was on suspension, shall remain so until the conclusion of investigations’. “The Inspector General of Police was requested to place on suspension Inspector Simon Agrigba and Inspector John Nuhu in accordance with the Powers of Delegation. “The IGP is further requested to inform the Commission of the arrest of ASP John Umoru who is currently at large whenever his arrest is affected to enable it take necessary action.”

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