Court dismisses Abba Kyari’s fundamental rights lawsuit for N500 million

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit for the application of fundamental rights brought by Abba Kyari, a deputy police commissioneragainst the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The judge, Inyang Ekwo, dismissed the N500 million fundamental rights lawsuit for lack of diligent prosecution by Mr. Kyari’s legal team. Kyari had filed the lawsuit challenging his alleged illegal detention by the NDLEA, which arrested him and others on cocaine-trafficking charges in February. The agency later filed charges against him and his co-defendants before another judge at the Federal High Court in Abuja. Since then, the trial court ordered him and his co-defendants to be detained throughout the trial. The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Kyari’s lawyer, Cynthia Ikena, was absent when the fundamental rights enforcement lawsuit was filed on Thursday. With this development, NDLEA attorney Joseph Sunday, who is the agency’s Director of Prosecution and Legal Services, urged the court to dismiss the lawsuit. In response, the judge noted that he was informed that Ms. Ikena had sent a letter, begging the court for an adjournment. The judge ordered the letter to be shown to the NDLEA’s attorney, Mr. Sunday, who expressed surprise at the development. He said it was not copied on the letter because of the court’s rule. He said the letter was not submitted by the applicant and therefore did not meet the court’s rule. He prayed that the court would settle the matter. After listening to the NDLEA attorney, Mr. Ekwo dismissed the case. The judge, after going into the background and seeing that the parties had accumulated issues in the lawsuit, proceeded to dismiss the case. The decision came less than a month after the judge threatened to dismiss the lawsuit after Mr. Kyari’s lawyer was late in delivering a filing to the NDLEA’s lawyer. Background Mr. Kyari, who also has fraud charges pending against him in the US and is facing extradition proceedings in Nigeria, filed a fundamental rights enforcement lawsuit against the NDLEA in February. In the document, Mr. Kyari, who described the accusation against him by the NDLEA as “false”, said that the agency had failed to establish a prima facie case against him. ALSO READ: UPDATED: Court sends Abba Kyari, co-defendants to prison after bail denial He claimed that the accusation linking him to an international drug cartel by the anti-narcotics agency was false. He said that since the Nigerian Police arrested him and handed him over to the NDLEA, he has been in custody since February 12, without access to his medical treatment. Mr. Kyari, former Chief Inspector General (IG) of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), demanded NDLEA 500 million in damages from the NDLEA for alleged unlawful arrests and detentions. He also requested an order for the NDLEA to issue a written apology to him in two national newspapers. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Court dismisses Abba Kyari’s fundamental rights lawsuit for N500 million