By Uzair Adam Imam
The sum of $61,400, which the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari allegedly offered as bribe to the operatives of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has been admitted as exhibit by court.
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja under Justice Emeka Nwite, has admitted the money as exhibit on Wednesday.
The Daily Reality recalls that Kyari was on February 22 arraigned alongside ACP Sunday Ubua, ASP Bawa James, Inspectors Simon Agirigba and John Nuhu, while one ASP John Umoru was said to be at large.
Reports, however, gathered that this was coming after the NDLEA tendered the money through the third prosecution witness, Peter Joshua.
Joshua, told the court at the resumed hearing that the currency was handed over to him on January 25 after he conducted preliminary tests on the exhibits.
The NDLEA claimed to have obtained a video footage of Kyari negotiating the $61,400 sum as a bribe with its investigators to prevent the testing of the 17.55 kilogrammes of the drugs.
The witness also tendered 24 packs of cocaine brought before the court in two travelling bags.
However, the bags contained nine packs wrapped in white cotton sacks, three additional packs of cocaine, and 12 pellets that were separately tied in nylon bags.