The Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has spoken out on why they have not paraded the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari, nor shared his arrest mugshots.
Abba Kyari who is on trial for his alleged money laundering activities with Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi was arrested by the NDLEA for his involvement in the activities of a drug cartel.
The spokesperson of the NDLEA Femi Babafemi in a Twitter post revealed that the agency does not parade suspected criminals as being alleged but only posts pictures and videos of recoveries and suspects to reveal what they do to the populace.
He wrote, “Please note that the charges against Abba Kyari and 6 others were filed by @ndlea_nigeria since Monday 28th February 2022, the case since assigned to a judge with arraignment fixed for Monday 7th March at FHC 8 Abuja”
NDLEA: We Don’t Parade Suspects, We Only Post Pictures
Babafemi in a hosted Twitter space debunked speculations that the charges against Kyari were meant to stop his possible extradition to the United States.
Responding to another question, Babafemi said: ”A lot of people are mixing things up here. We do not parade suspects. We have never paraded any suspects. That is the truth. I have never brought any suspects before newsmen.
“What we do most times is that when we issue a statement on our activities, we select some pictures of the exhibits, sometimes with the suspects there, just to show the public because we have a very cynical society that even with pictures, still, a number of people would say it is not possible.
“So, you sometimes need pictures or videos to support the statement you are issuing out so that people can actually see and believe that.
”Beyond that, some of these things also serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders or those who are already in such line of criminality so that they can see that one day they can also be caught.”