Kashamu’s Extradition | Court Picks June 25 for Hearing


Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed June 25 for hearing in the extradition application instituted by the Federal Government against the senator representing Ogun-East in the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu.

The extradition application with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/479/2015 was signed by the immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke.

It was filed before the court on May 28, 2015.

The application was predicated on a request by the Embassy of the United States of America seeking the Nigerian government to surrender Kashamu to face one count of drug related charge before the United States District Court for the Northern Illinois, Eastern Division.

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An affidavit deposed to by Assistant US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Diane MacArthur‎, attached to the extradition request from the US government was said to be dated April 27, 2015.

By the US government’s charge against him, Kashamu allegedly conspired with others to intentionally import “and did import” into the United States” quantities of mixtures containing heroin, between 1992 and 1995.

The offence for which Kashamu is allegedly wanted in the US, is said to contravene section 952(a) of Title 21, United States Code, and punishable under section 960 of the ‎same law.

The penalty for the offence on conviction under the law according to the charge is an imprisonment of not more than 10 years‎ or a fine of up to $10m in the case of an individual, or both.

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Source: Punch

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