By Emmanuel Adeleke
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has convicted and sentenced two of embattled DCP Abba Kyari’s co-defendants to two years in prison, in a suit instituted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for drug trafficking.
Delivering judgement on Tuesday, Justice Emeka Nwite, said having admitted to committing the offence levelled against them in counts 5, 6 and 7 by the NDLEA, Chibunna Umeibe and Emeka Ezenwanne, who are the 6th and 7th defendants, “are hereby convicted accordingly.”
Justice sentenced them to two years imprisonment on each of counts 5, 6 and 7.
He explained that the terms, which shall run concurrently, would commence from the day the defendants were arrested by the NDLEA.
Recall that the two defendants, Umeibe and Ezenwanne, are the two drug traffickers nabbed at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, by the police, who later handed them over to the NDLEA.
They had pleaded guilty to counts 5, 6, and 7 levelled against them by the anti-narcotic agency.
At the resumed hearing, counsel for the NDLEA, 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, dated June 13, were filed on June 14.
The lawyer of the two defendants, E. U. Okenyi, agreed with Joseph’s submission.
Counsel to the other defendants, including Kyari, did not oppose the motion as well.