Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Extradition: Senate seeks due process in Kashamu’s case

The Senate on Tuesday called for a fair trial of  the lawmaker representing Ogun-East senatorial district, Senator Buruji Kashamu, over alleged drug-related
offences.

The decision was made at the plenary on Tuesday based on the recommendation by the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, submitted the panel’s report on a petition filed by Kashamu’s lawyers, TRLP Law, to the legislature.

The law firm had petitioned the Senate against the NDLEA; the then Chairman of the NDLEA, Mr Ahmadu Giade; and the AGF “for the alleged intention to abduct Senator Buruji  Kashamu and forcefully transport him to the USA without recourse to due process”.

The NDLEA, however, denied threatening Kashamu with extradition.

The agency said the recommendation by the Senate was in line with its determination to pursue the lawmaker’s case through constitutional means.

The committee, in its report, said TRLP Law was represented by Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, who told the panel that he wrote the petition in his capacity as the solicitor to Kashamu for the intervention of the Senate against “the continual breach of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 by the NDLEA, the Attorney General of the Federation and the former Chairman of NDLEA, Ahmad Giade, in collaboration with foreign agents and some politicians to abduct and transport Kashamu to the USA for prosecution for alleged drug offences”.

Oluyede was quoted as saying Kashamu had no case to answer in the USA or United Kingdom since the lawmaker was arraigned in the countries during several trials that exonerated him from any involvement with drug matters.

When contacted, the Head of Public Affairs, NDLEA, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, said, “They (Senate) are just speaking the mind of the agency because we have resolved to follow the issue legally. We have never threatened him and we will not threaten him. We have no problem with that (Senate’s decision). We will seek legal means to actualise our aim.”

Our attention has been drawn to several online reports that claim that the Senate has halted the extradition of Senator Buruji Kashamu. That report is not correct.

Please note that the Senate, following the report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, only resolved that “The courts be allowed to handle the various aspects of the case before them without any interference.”

This explanation is simple, clear, and straight-forward.

Any other interpretation or conjecture made by any news media, as some online platforms have suggested, is simply mischief.

A statement by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Information and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, said on Tuesday the courts should be allowed to handle the case.



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10 comments:

  1. To me Senator Buruji Kashamu is blowing this issue out of proportions if truly you are sure of yourself and claims that your late brother was the one involved in the drug crime. Thank God easter break is around the corner pick your diplomatic passport and board the next available flight to USA am 100% sure wether there is recession or not you can fund the trip just to put the case to rest once and for all. When Fayose said Buhari's wife cannot enter america the woman had to clear herself by visiting america immediately

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  2. Who is this Kashamu guy representing in the Senate? We have not heard anything for him aside from hiding under the senate protective cover against his extradition to the US.

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  3. Kashamu would have to join the APC, to be free from EFCC and NDLEA prosecution.

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  4. Nemesis- Heritage12 Apr 2017, 12:58:00

    If i were to be Buhari, I will just make Kashamu a head of one committees to go and investigate about what Trump agenda is to Nigerians, Will he not go???

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  5. This APC witch hunting has to stop. Let them start by extraditing Tinubu the kingpin.

    What does it benefit Nigeria if the USA jails Kashamu over drug issues? Why is it taking forever for the USA to return all the looted funds they have in their various banks to Nigeria where they were stolen from? How can the jailing of Kashamu stop the use of drugs by the Americans (their congressmen inclusive)?

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    1. from your point i can see you admit to Kashamu being a drug dealer. Your assertion is that all drug dealers who found their ways into Nigeria should not face penalty until looted funds in the country of extradition are repatriated.
      it is therefore safe to humbly assume therein that based on your submission, Kashamu who had hitherto claimed the culprit was not him but his brother is indeed the culprit.
      it is also safe to humbly assume that in order to understand your juxtaposed justification amid balancing looting with drug, you are not of a sound, unbiased, objective, mentally stable mind. in other words i hereby submit that your humble self is a Malcom X of foolery kingdom. Q.E.D

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  6. I remember a Christian song: "O! sinner man where you gonna run to.....O! on that day. Run to the hill, the hill won't save you, run to the mount, the mount won't save you,,,,O! on that day" Mr Kasamu is just buying time. He should submit himself for trial in the US. If he's not guilty, he'll be freed or otherwise. The US system is near perfect!

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  7. Another Foolish exposition. have you ever considered a brain scan? Seriously bro, please do. its like 40k in most hospitals. result takes less than 1 day and a re-alignment of your subjective thoughts will go a long way.

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  8. Yet they wanted to stone Prof. Sagay to death for saying that the Senate is populated by people of questionable character.!

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  9. No, they believe more in media trial. They like to condemn before the actual trial

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