Kashamu Buruji Drags Security Agencies To Court

Kashamu Buruji Drags Security Agencies To Court

Prince Kashamu Buruji, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party and senator-elect for Ogun East Senatorial District has sued the chairman of the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency and 11 others over an alleged plot to extradite him to the United States of America to face trial on alleged drug-related offences, The Punch online reports. 

Kashamu in his suit before a Federal High Court in Lagos, alleged that the NDLEA had trampled upon his fundamental rights and is seeking a declaration that the move to abduct and forcibly transport him to the United States of America be denied.

He alleged that the plot was a further move in the political designs of the former president Olusegun Obasanjo to ensure that he (Kashamu) was denied the opportunity of enjoying the mandate freely given to him to represent the people of Ogun East Senatorial District in the Senate.

Kashamu had earlier alleged Obasanjo had plotted his arrest during his swearing in as a senator and his transportation to the US in a private plane to face trial before Judge Norgle.

Kashamu urged the court to declare as unlawful the alleged collusion between the 12 respondents and his political opponents, led by Obasanjo, to abduct and forcibly transport him to the US.

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Apart from the NDLEA chairman, also joined as respondents in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/505/15 are the Inspector General of Police; Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission; Director General, Department of State Service; the Interpol National Central Bureau; and the Attorney General of the Federation.

Others included in the suit are Clerk of the National Assembly; the National Security Adviser to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission; Nigeria Customs Services; the Nigeria Immigration Service; and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The senator-elect is seeking an order of the court directing the police IG to “provide a security detail of at least six armed police officers to protect the applicant at all times of the day and to prevent (him from) any attack or abduction.”

The hearing was ajourned by Justice Okon Abang till May 8 to take Kashamu’s fundamental rights enforcement application and the respondents’ preliminary objections.

US officials have insisted on starting fresh moves for Kashamu’s extradition to face drug trafficking charges on American soil.

Buruji, in his turn, has stated that he is not evading trial for drug related offences in the USA but noted  that the American authorities only needed to follow due process and not abuse his human rights if a trial were to be held.

Source: Legit.ng

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