An Abuja Federal High Court has convicted and sentenced two co-defendants in a charge filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) against suspended DCP Abba Kyari, over an alleged drug deal to two years imprisonment.
Justice Emeka Nwite, who presided over the court, in a judgment, said having admitted to committing the offence preferred against them in counts 5, 6 and 7 by the NDLEA, Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne, who are sixth and seventh defendants, “are hereby convicted accordingly.”
Justice Nwite thereafter sentenced them to two years imprisonment on each of counts 5, 6 and 7. But held that the terms of the sentence shall run concurrently, would commence from the day the defendants were arrested by the NDLEA.
The convicts, Umeibe and Ezenwanne, who are sixth and seventh defendants respectively in the charge, are the two alleged drug barons arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu by the Nigerian police and handed over to the NDLEA.
They had pleaded guilty to five, six and seven counts preferred against them by the anti-narcotic agency.
At the resumed hearing of the charge, NDLEA’s Director of Legal, Mr. Sunday Joseph, told Justice Nwite that two motions seeking a plea bargain in respect of Umeibe and Ezenwanne had been filed.
Joseph said the motions were dated June 13 and filed on June 14.
The lawyer of the two defendants, E. U. Okenyi, also concurred with Joseph’s submission.
Also, counsel for other defendants, including Kyari, did not oppose the motions