Kashamu shopping for forum to stall his extradition – NDLEA

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has accused the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial district in the Senate, Senator Buruji Kashamu of shopping for forum to stall his extradition to the United States.

According to the lawyer representing the NDLEA, Kareem Olayinka at a federal high court in Lagos on Tuesday where a suit by Kashamu seeking to stop his extradition to the U.S. to face drug charges, the multiple law suits filed by Kashamu against the NDLEA were intended to divert its energy and attention from discharging its mandate.

Meanwhile, in a preliminary objection, deposed to by Olayinka during the court hearing, the NDLEA averred that authorities of the U.S. were currently seeking to extradite the applicant to their country to answer charges relating to Heroin trafficking.

Olayinka said that the U.S. Government then made a request to the Nigerian Government for the applicant to be extradited sometime in May 2015.

The Agency said that since Kashamu got wind of the extradition request, he had filed multiple law suits relating to the issue.

He said that in all these actions, the central and basic relief sought was a restraining order against the NDLEA, from arresting and extraditing him to the U.S.

According to the NDLEA, this suit does not disclose any cause of action against the respondent.

Kashamu, who is the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, had in his suit no: FHC/L/CS/930/2018, joined the following as respondents: The Inspector-General of Police, Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Director General, Department of Security Service (DSS), National Drug law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

He is urging the court to restrain the respondents and their agents from arresting or detaining him, in any manner whatsoever, or interfering with his right to personal liberty and freedom of movement.

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