FG will bot Extradite Senator Buruji Kashamu pending Appeal Court verdict

by on May 31, 2017

The Federal Government  on Tuesday pledged not to extradite  Ogun State Senator, Buruji Kashamu, to the US to face allegations of hard drug importation until all court actions in respect of his extradition are determined.

Two government agencies, office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), indicated this position in the court processes they filed before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Kashamu who is representing Ogun West in the Senate, had sued the two agencies before the court seeking their committal to prison on the allegation that they were planning to forcibly take him to the US for trial in drug related offences.

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However, at the resumed hearing of the suit on Tuesday, Kashamu, represented by his counsel, Akin Olujimi (SAN), told Justice Kolawole that the AGF and NDLEA have agreed not to extradite him until all court actions on the issue were been resolved.

Olujimi said that in view of the assurances from the two parties, there was no need to pursue any court action against them at the Federal High Court level.

He applied to Kolawole to grant him leave to withdraw the suit against the AGF and NDLEA in view of the assurances not to extradite him to US until all cases are fully resolved.

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The counsel told the judge that both parties will now go back to the Court of Appeal to continue with the appeal cases that emanated from the refusal of the Federal high courts to grant the extradition request.

Counsel to the AGF, Mr. Tanko Ashang, a deputy Director the Federal Ministry of Justice and that of the NDLEA, Mr. Mike Kassa did not object to the withdrawal of the case and they resolve to go to the Appeal Court to pursue all pending appeals.

Justice Kolawole in a short ruling granted the leave for withdrawal of the suit and the decision to shift to the court of appeal for the pursuit of the appeals.

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