THE Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu has filed suit before a Federal High Court seeking to stop his extradition to the US to face drug charges.
Joined as respondents in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and others.
Kashamu’s suit against the respondents is seeking to stop an alleged fresh move by the Federal Government to extradite him to the United State of America to face drug-related charges.
Others respondents in the suit are Inspector General of Police, (IGP), Commissioner of Police Lagos state, Director General of State Security Service ( DSS,) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency( NDLEA).
At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, Mrs O. O. Odubela -Nasir appeared as counsel for Senator Kasamu.
Kashamu’s counsel told the court that the matter was adjourned for hearing and all the respondents have been served with proof of service in court’s record.
However, the counsel who appeared for Director General State Security Service, Mr A O Bajela informed the court that he has not been served with the further affidavit filed by the counsel to the applicant but had only been served with a reply on point of law.
Based on Bajela’s submission, Justice Aneke, consequently, adjourned for further hearing for the applicant to regularise his processes. Senator Kashamu in affidavit sworn to and filed before the court averred that in a newspaper publication: titled “Kasamu: FG demands fresh US request for extradition suit, ” wherein the Attorney General of the Federation was reported to have said that “the US Government has been told to make a fresh request for the Senator after the former extradition proceedings were dismissed.
Adding that as soon as US Government sends a fresh request, the new extradition proceedings will commence.
Senator Kashamu averred further that, whereas in a proceeding instituted in England by US authorities against him at the bow street Magistrate court between 2002 and 2003 Government of United States of America’s Buruji Kashamu that he was not the one implicated in the alleged narcotics offence committed in the US in 1994,consequently he was not the person sought by the US authorities.
Consequently, he urged the court to restrain the respondents and their agents from arresting or detaining the applicant in any manner whatsoever interfering with the applicants’ right to personal liberty and freedom of movement.
However in a counter affidavit sworn to by NDLEA litigation officer, Mr Kareem Olayinka,the deponent averred that Kasamu has never been exonerated of any complicity of any crime by any court either in Nigeria, United States of America or United Kingdom, so his talk of been exonerated of crime/charges of illicit traffic in narcotic drugs are false. The decision of British Court’s did not exonerate him of any drug charges, “NDLEA is unaware of any Interpol or indeed any law enforcement agency in OR outside Nigeria that investigated the applicant.
NDLEA, however, contended that the claim of the applicant in his affidavit is false and a rehash of an earlier story narrated in an affidavit in support of a suit filed at Abuja high court as far back as 2015.