A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has began trial of a suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.


Kyari is being prosecuted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, over allegation of involvement in a drug trafficking deal.


The NDLEA had alleged that Kyari and his men, unlawfully tampered with 21.25kilograms worth of cocaine that they seized from two apprehended drug traffickers, as well as dealing in cocaine worth 17.55kg.


When the matter came up, the NDLEA brought a Commander of Nacotics attached to its forensic unit, Mrs Patricia Afolabi, to testify as its first witness.


Afolabi told the court that part of her job specification was receiving and conducting forensic analysis on drug exhibits.


The witness said she had on February 7, 2022, received from the forensic liaison officer of the agency, Abubakar Aliyu, one sealed transparent evidence pack containing 24 dispensing pack each.


Each of the pack, according to her contained white substance measured at 0.5grams.

She said the package also contained a request form for analysis.


Meanwhile, the court admitted all the exhibits in evidence without objection from the Defendants.


The matter has been adjourned until tomorrow to enable counsel to the other Defendants to cross-examine the witness.



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