Abba Kyari: Convict confess offering bribe to airport officials to smuggle cocaine to Nigeria

A convicted cocaine trafficker Emeka Ezenwanne, in the ongoing trial involving suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari has confessed that he bribed security operatives at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu to smuggle cocaine into Nigeria.

Penpushing reports that, Ezenwanne currently serving jail term having being convicted in June after  pleaded guilty to importing cocaine into Nigeria from Ethiopia, told the Federal High Court on Thursday in Abuja during cross-examination by  Kyari’s lawyer, Onyechi Ikpeazu.

The convict who is the fifth prosecution witness of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), in the ongoing trial, and led in evidence by National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) lawyer, Joseph Sunday, said he travelled to Addis Ababa on 15 January to receive the drugs that were coming from Brazil via Ethiopian airways

“On 16 January around 8:30 p.m Ethiopian time, the flight coming from Brazil arrived. Few minutes after, they called me on phone. The first person that called me is known as Alhaji,” he told the court on Wednesday.

Penpushing also reports that, he revealed that his co-convict, Umeibe, had received his own parcel of cocaine before he was phoned to collect his from drug agents who were on an errand for one Owolabi, adding that trouble started when Umeibe was intercepted by plain-clothed police operatives who were later discovered to be IRT members.

“On that 19 January, in the morning, around 8 a.m., we boarded a flight going to Enugu international airport. When we arrived at Enugu international airport, I came out from the airport. I stood at the car park waiting for my second (Mr Umeibe) to come out.”

“As they grabbed me and my second, they brought out their jackets with IRT written on them. They shared it among themselves and wore it. That was when I knew that they were police. At the Enugu international airport, I was asked to give money to the people that will search my bag. So I gave them N10, 000 and they cleared me’, Ezenwanne recalled.

Penpushing reports that, the four police officers with whom Kyari is now facing the charges are Sunday Ubua, an assistant commissioner of police; Bawa James, an assistant superintendent of police; Simon Agirgba, an inspector, and John Nuhu, also an inspector.

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