Suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari says has cried out for his safety in detention over the presence of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Kyari described detained members of the group as criminals in an application through his lawyer, Nureini Jimoh, to the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to review his bail application which was initially rejected.
According to the documents, the suspended police officer standing trial for drug peddling argued that his life is at risk for sharing the same correctional facility with criminals that he put in jail, including IPOB/ESN members and terrorists.
“At the centre, the applicants who were head and deputy head of the Intelligence Response Team of the Nigeria Police Force met stiff resistance, attack and open threats to the lives of the applicants by the series head (sic) of a criminal gang that they had busted.
“There is no correctional centre that the criminals that have been arrested by the IRT under the headship of the applicant in furtherance of their constitutional and statutory duties as police officers cannot be found and there is a high likelihood of threat to the lives of the applicants.”
Kyari had while appearing before a probe panel led by Joseph Egbunike, the late Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), claimed the group and its security wing, ESN, were after him due to the onslaught launched against them in the South-East, according to Sahara Reporters.
The Abuja court had in March ordered that Kyari be remanded at Kuje correctional centre pending the conclusion of his trial.
He was arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on February 12 and was arraigned on March 7 over allegations of drug trafficking.