Some officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu, have been accused by the Nigeria Police Force, on Monday, of being on the payroll of some international drug barons, hours after the NDLEA declared the suspended Commander of the Police Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, wanted for alleged drug trafficking.

This development occurred after the NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, held a press conference in Abuja on Monday, where he alleged that Kyari was a member of an international drug cartel.

According to Babafemi, Kyari, who was suspended by the police last August for his alleged links to international fraudster, Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi, attempted to sell part of the cocaine, which was seized from some drug dealers.

“Some law enforcement agents, who should be partners in the pursuit of the President’s mandate, are at the forefront of breaking the law, as they aid and abet drug trafficking in the country.

“Today, we are forced to declare one of such law enforcement agents wanted in the person of suspended DCP Abba Kyari, the erstwhile Commander of the Intelligence Response Team at the Force Intelligence Bureau of the Nigerian Police Force,” Babafemi said.

Kyari was arrested along with four other officers – Sunday Ubuah, Bawa James, Simon Agrigba and John Nuhu – following a “high-level discreet” investigation, a police statement said. It added that one other officer – John Umoru – remained “at large”.