Senator Buruji Kashamu has the United States on his neck as they desperately seek his extradition from the country. The reason for this has for the first time been revealed by the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) according to reports from PM News.
The NDLEA which is against the legal bid made by the Ogun born politician to stop his extradition, had in its court papers, stated that Senator Kashamu was wanted by the United States for allegedly importing 6.6kg of heroin into its territory in 1994.
The NDLEA had made a claim that Kashamu had imported the hard drug into the United States as the leader of massive drug syndicate which ran its operations in Africa, Asia, Europe and America during the period.
The NDLEA had filed a 54-paragrah affidavit to counter the claims of innocence made by the Senator as it averred that the Senator had been indicted for offences related to hard drugs in the United States.
“But he escaped while his alleged co-offenders were arrested, prosecuted and sentenced to various terms of imprisonment in America.
“Following Kashamu’s escape, the US government in 2015 dispatched to Nigerian government a request for his extradition,”the NDLEA said.
The Anti-Drug Law agency had stuck to its guns that a valid and subsisting indictment existed against the Ogun Senator. The indictment was according to the NDLEA, carried out in United States District of Illinois, Eastern Division with an order for the arrest of the Senator to be effected.
The affidavit read in part “The applicant Mr Buruji Kashamu, is alleged to have violated Narcotic Laws of the USA by conspiring to import heroin into the country.
“Heroin is a schedule 1 narcotic controlled substance under the laws of the USA.
“There is valid and subsisting indictment against the applicant, Buruji Kashamu in the United States’ District of Illinois, Eastern Division.
“On March 16, 1994, the applicant was charged in the USA/Buruji Kashamu, among others No. 94 CR 172 following the seizure of 6.6 Kilogrammes of heroin alleged to emanate from him.
“The applicant Buruji Kashamu was further charged with a second superseding indictment filed on May 21, 1998, for conspiracy to import heroin into USA, following repeated seizures of heroin similarly alleged to be emanating from him.
“A copy of the second superseding indictment and Arrest warrant for the fugitive issued by the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois is contained in Exhibit NDLEA 1.
“That contrary to his depositions, the applicant has never been exonerated of any drug or related offence by any court of Nigeria, the United States of America (USA) of the United Kingdom (UK).
“That the paragraphs of the applicant’s affidavit that talk of exoneration of crime/charges of illicit traffic in narcotic drugs are false.
“That contrary to his depositions, the decision of the British Courts did not exonerate the applicant of any of the charges for drugs and related offences pending in the USA.
“That the two judgments of the British Courts were decided on technicalities based on the laws of the UK.
“They did not go into the merits of the extradition charges relating to conspiracy and illicit traffic in narcotic drugs in the USA.
“That the judgment of the High Court of Justice (Queen’s Bench Division) in suit CO/2141/2000 delivered on Oct. 6, 2000, was decided on an application for the exercise of the court’s prerogative writ.
“This to quash the committal order of the Metropolitan Magistrate on the grounds of suppression of vital facts in the Examination Request of the United States of America (USA).
“That the decision of the Bow Street Magistrate Court that carried out a further inquisition into the Extradition Request of the USA merely discharged the applicant on the impugned credibility of the identification witnesses.
“That contrary to his depositions, the two magistrates of both the Metropolitan and Bow Street found as of fact that extraditable offences have been committed to justify the extradition of the applicant.
“That the claims of the applicant are unsubstantiated and should be dismissed with substantial cost, ” the NDLEA said.
The Anti-Drug Law agency had therefore urged the court to strike out this fresh suit by the Senator on the grounds that it makes for a gross abuse of court processes, along with falsification of facts in the judgments rendered by the UK and American Courts.
It will be recalled that in 2015, Justice Abang, had stopped the Federal Government from extraditing the Ogun Senator in two different judgments.
On May 4 however, both rulings were set aside by the Court of Appeal on the premise that they were only made based on hearsay evidence and a suppression of facts by the Senator.
Kashamu has since headed to the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling which was handed by the Court of Appeal.
Justice Abang will on the 27th of July, rule in two fresh suits which were filed by Kashamu to stop the Federal Government from carrying out his planned extradition to the United States.
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