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FG files 24 charges against Abba Kyari as they seize mega assets

Sep 5, 2022

FG has filed 24 charges against Abba Kyari after uncovering 14 assets linked to the former commander of the Intelligence Response Team.

 

Shopping malls, residential estate, polo playground, lands and farmlands belonging to Abba Kyari were uncovered by the FG  in different locations in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and Maiduguri, Borno State.

 

Kyari, a suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, was said to have failed to disclose his ownership of the properties.

 

Over N207m and ?17,598 were also discovered in his various bank accounts.

 

In the fresh 24-count charges filed against Kyari by the Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, J. Sunday, dated August 30, 2022, the Attorney-General of the Federation stated that the suspended DCP allegedly disguised his ownership of some of the properties.

 

The case filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, with charge number: FHC/ABJ/CR/408/22 had as co-defendants, Mohammed Kyari and Ali Kyari, who are believed to be Abba Kyari’s siblings.

 

Also, the Federal Government filed separate 24-count charges against Kyari’s former deputy, Sunday Ubua, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, who is under suspension.

 

An affidavit in support of the charge explained that Kyari, who is facing trial for dealing in cocaine, was subjected to general and financial investigation when he was transferred by the police to the NDLEA headquarters on February 14, 2022, for investigation.

 

The financial investigation, which extended to his properties, led to the filing of charges for non-disclosure and conversion of large sums of money.

 

The Federal Government said Kyari knowingly failed to make full disclosure of his asset at plot no 1927 Blue Fountain Estate, Karsana, Abuja and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 35(3)(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, CAP N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

 

The prosecutor also alleged that the embattled DCP did not declare his ownership of an estate at Linda Chaulker Road, Asokoro Extension; plot no. 5 titled BO/4546; plot no. 9 titled BO/1037; plot no. 10 titled CER/4319 and plot no 33 titled BO/4319, Maiduguri, Borno State.

 

Furthermore, the AGF said the suspended DCP failed to reveal his ownership of a shopping mall titled, NE/1229 and a polo playground with plot no. 270, both located in Maiduguri.

 

The charges also said Kyari did not make full disclosure of his ownership of farmland along Abuja-Kaduna road and a plaza under construction in Guzape, Abuja.

 

In an attempt to disguise the ownership of a plot of land covered by Certificate of Occupancy no: 000271 issued by Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Borno State, Kyari was alleged to have also deposed to an affidavit at the Federal High Court, Maiduguri in suit number, FHC/NG/CS/9/2022, contrary to section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.

 

The AGF equally accused Kyari of deposing to an affidavit to hide his ownership of plot no 9, BOTP/63 covered by the grant of right of occupancy no. BO/1087; a shopping mall at number 4, Aliyu Close along Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, covered by Certificate of Occupancy no. NE/1229.

 

The charges revealed that the DCP knowingly converted N28.4 million a bank account; N65.2m in another bank account; N95 million and N16.9 million in two other bank accounts.

 

The first defendant was similarly accused of failing to declare in the NDLEA assets declaration form the sum of ?17,598 in two GTB accounts, being proceeds of unlawful activities; N2.9 million in UBA; N366, 258.77 and N88.000 in Sterling Bank.

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