The federal government of Nigeria has seized 14 assets, comprising residential estate, shopping malls, polo playground, lands and farmland belonging to Abba Kyari, a former commander, Police Intelligence Response Team.
Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, was said to have failed to disclose his ownership of the properties in different locations in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and Maiduguri, Borno State.
Over N207million and Є17,598 were also discovered in his various accounts in GTB, UBA and Sterling Bank.
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 the beleaguered policeman’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 deposed to by a litigation officer with the Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Stephen Kashawa, 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.
He added that 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 deponent further said the case was ready for trial and that all the witnesses were available to proceed to trial.