Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja today dismissed an application by suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, seeking to strike out charges against him.
The application was thrown out by Justice Nwite on the ground that the court has the exclusive right and jurisdiction to hear drug-related cases.
A former head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force, Kyari is facing prosecution by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Kyari alongside four members of the IRT, was charged before a Federal High Court in Abuja with conspiracy to deal in 17.55kilogram of cocaine.
The other officers facing charges are Inspector John Nuhu, ASP Bawa James, ACP Sunday J. Ubua, and Inspector Simon Agirgba.