by Deji Abiodun
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency says embattled Senator elect, Buruji Kashamu is now under house arrest until he appears in court on Monday May 25th when legal proceedings for his extradition to the US for drug related charges will commence.
“The Agency has commenced extradition procedures against Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu, in line with the laws of country. He has been in contact with his attorneys and will appear in court on Monday,”
Ahmadu Giade, NDLEA’s Chairman said in a statement released Saturday evening.
Meanwhile the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Adoke Mohammed saturday said the US had officially requested for the extradition of Buruji from Nigeria to the US. The Minister said the siege laid at Mr Buruji’s house by NDLEA officials today is in accordance with the laws of the land.
Meanwhile heres a statement also issued by Kashamu’s media aide about what transpired…
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) this morning (Saturday,23rd May, 2015) at about 4:30am surrounded the Lekki Phase 1, Lagos residence of Prince Buruji Kashamu to allegedly effect his arrest following a purported extradition request from the US.
This latest onslaught is a confirmation of the alleged plot to illegally abduct him in spite of the pending suit against this illegality. As a matter of fact, the court has ordered parties in the matter including the NDLEA to maintain status quo until judgment is delivered on Wednesday 27th May 2015.
We have confirmed that they do not have a warrant of arrest, just as the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice has said that it did not give any order to carry out this illegality. We have confirmed that this illegality is being designed and executed by Chief Bode George whose wife is the Director General of the NDLEA, all in a bid to score cheap political points.
We urge all well meaning Nigerians to prevail on NDLEA, Chief George and his wife to toe the path of the rule of law and follow due process. Nigeria is not a Banana republic! The United States(US) being the bastion of democracy, the rule of law and due process should not lend itself to this kind of illegality.
Signed Austin Oniyokor, Media Aide to Kashamu