Senate halts extradition of Buruji Kashamu to US

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Senate on Tuesday directed Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other Security Agencies to halt extradition of Senator Buruji Kashamu to United States of America pending the conclusion of the matter in court.NDLEA had alleged that Senator Buruji is wanted in United States of America over drug offences.

However, at the consideration of the report of Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, on the matter, the chairman of the committee, Senator Samuel Anyanwu informed his colleague tha the Senator Kashamu’s travail was being masterminded by some individuals in the country.

The chairman of the committee stated in the report that Kashamu should be troubled NDLEA until the conclusion of the ongoing cases in the court.

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.

Anyanwu told the lawmakers that facts available to the committee showed that Kashamu had been presented at several courts in Nigeria and has been acquitted of all charges.

He submitted that based on outcome of court rulings the concerned government agencies   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.”

After the consideration of the report by lawmakers, Senate unanimously approved the prayers of the committee which halt extradition of Kashamu to United State of America until conclusion of court cases in Nigeria.

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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