- Senator Buruji Kashamu, a prominent PDP chieftain, has died of Covid-19
- Kashamu's death was announced by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce in the evening of Saturday, August 8
- According to Senator Murray-Bruce, Kashamu died on Saturday at First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos
Prominent Nigerian politician and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Buruji Kashamu, has died of Covid-19.
His death was announced by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce in the evening of Saturday, August 8.
"I have just lost my good friend of forever to #COVID19. Until his death, Sen. Buruji Kashamu and I were inseparable.
"He died today at First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. May his gentle soul rest in peace. I pray his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this heavy loss," Senator Murray-Bruce announced on Twitter.
The former senator, representing Ogun East Senatorial District at the National Assembly and the governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2019 election had lost his mother, Alhaji Wulemotu Kashamu in 2019.
His mother died at the age of 96.
Alhaja Kashamu died at a highbrow hospital on Victoria Island, Lagos.
Prior to his death, a group identified as identifiedAnti-Corruption and Integrity Forum (AIF) had petitioned the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) and the United States of America Department of Justice, Washington to extradite Kashamu.
The AIF's petition made a case on why Senator Kashamu should be extradited to face alleged criminal trials against him in the United States of America.
In a press statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, July 7, the group accused Kashamu of hiding under judicial cover to evade justice.
The chairman of the anti-corruption group, Comrade Prince Kpokpogri, said Senator Kashamu was abusing court processes in a desperate bid to continue to run away from his alleged career crime in the United States of America.
Kpokpogri said: “If the U.S. Department of Justice is willing to extradite Mr Buruji Kashamu, such request would be granted easily now since the Nigerian court has not thrown its weight to the UK Magistrate Court's decision over the extradition of Mr Kashamu.
“Mr Kashamu was able to restrain the Nigerian Attorney General from executing an extradition request by the United States in a judgment cited in suit No: 49/2010 at the Federal High Court in Abuja but the matter is currently being appealed because it appears the judgment in suit No: 49/2010 was based on a UK Court ruling on the same matter and was probably misconstrued for an acquittal.”
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