Abba Kyari, who is under prosecution for drug trafficking alongside four other police officers was denied bail by a Federal High court in Abuja on Monday.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) before the Abuja Federal High court, accused Kyari and four other officers of conspiracy, obstruction, and dealing in cocaine worth 17.55kg.
The trial judge, Justice Emeka Nwike, ordered the drug agency to transfer the defendants to prison custody, shortly after he denied them bail.
The court held that the NDLEA placed sufficient materials before it to warrant the refusal of bail to Kyari and his co-defendants -Sunday Ubia, Simon Agirgba, and John Nuhu, who are former Intelligence Response Team (IRT) members.
Sources within the prison facility confirmed that the embattled IRT boss has not been taking food offered by the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), but from his wife and other family members.
Also, Abba Kyari’s presence in the prison has been reported to have generated some excitement among the inmates, that his IRT team had investigated for various crimes.
An officer stated, “We suspected that he may not eat the food being served here. So, we were not surprised when he opted for the food prepared by his wife or family members.
“His presence has, however, generated excitement in the facility. Many inmates who had had some encounters with him and others who heard about his ongoing trial have been discussing the fact that a senior policeman like him was remanded in Kuje where some individuals he investigated are also serving time.”
The NCoS spokesman, Francis Enobore, said inmates facing prosecution had the right to eat food prepared by their family members, noting that they are free to provide their food by themselves.
He stated, “Our law allows us to request any inmate who wishes to do self-feeding to apply through a formal application to the officer in-charge of the custodial centre. Subject to the approval of the official in-charge, the applicant will make arrangements with whoever he wishes to bring food for him.”
“The caveat is that if the person fails to bring food, he would not be fed from the service’s kitchen. Again, whoever is bringing his food; it is compulsory the person tastes the food in the presence of the officer conducting the visit to ensure that the food is wholesome before passing it over to the inmate.”
The NCos spokesman concluded that cigarettes or alcohol drinks are not allowed in the correctional centres, and the law is strictly followed, officers that breached the law face heavy sanctions.