Senate Halts Extradition Of Fugitive Sen. Buruji Kashamu, Directs NDLEA, Security To Suspend Action

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By Nuel Suji – Reprieve came the way of fugitive Senator Buruji Kashamu (PDP Ogun East) Tuesday over move by the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA and other Security Agencies to extradite him to United States of America over allegation of drug offences as the Senate directed NDLEA and other interested parties to halt actions in that respect until all court process concerning the matter is settled.

Senate Committee Chairman on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu (PDP Imo East) who made this known during plenary said that the Senator’s travail was being masterminded by some people.

The Committee in the report as submitted by Anyanwu pointedly declared that Kashamu should be allowed to remain free until when the cases in court have been concluded

According to him, the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the office of the Attorney General of the Federation have been orchestrating plans to arrest and take Senator Buruji Kashamu to the US over alleged drug trafficking offences without having regards for some court rulings against such move and even pending cases about it in courts.

He noted that the committee found that out that the Senator had been presented at several courts in Nigeria and has been acquitted of all charges. Based on this, he said the two government institutions should wait for the outcome of fresh cases filed in court before taking any action.

He added that it was counterproductive for Kashamu to be extradited to the United States of America when the matter has not been exhausted in courts of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria.

The petition of planned extradition from TRLP Chambers, a private legal firm, on behalf of Senator Kashamu averred that: “It was wrong for the former Chairman of the NDLEA, Mr. Ahmad Giade and the Attorney General of the federation to order Kashamu’s extradition at the request of the United States.”

The Senate accordingly granted the recommendation that cases already pending in various courts be exhausted before any action on Buruji’s extradition is taken.

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