A senate committee meeting in Abuja yesterday, 4th February, issued an order to NDLEA (National Drug Law Agency), to stop any illegal plot to extradite Senator Buruji Kashamu to the USA over an allegation of drug trafficking.
A petition was filed to the Senate’s committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition by Kashamu, through his lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede, following the Senator’s concern and fear for an alleged threat to his safety.
Senator Kashamu representing the Ogun East Senatorial zone, raised alarm that desperate politicians who regard him as an enemy, plan to kidnap him to the United States using the federal government.
According to Oluyede, the plan which is coded ‘rendition plot,’ had always been used by the US government against fugitives or terrorists, stressing that Kashamu is neither a fugitive nor a terrorist.
Oluyede particularly accused the immediate past Chairman of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, of masterminding the plot since the former Chairman had failed in the past to achieve such illegal action against Kashamu as NDLEA boss through court pronouncements.
He added that the former NDLEA boss wanted to achieve his earlier fruitless plot now, as Special Assistant on Narcotics to the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Ibrahim Malami.
The petition reads:
We have it on good authority that the former Chairman of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, who is now a special assistant on narcotics to the Attorney General of the Federation , is hell bent in achieving what he failed to illegally achieve against our client, Buruji Kashamu.
Specifically, whistle blowers within the agency, had informed us that abduction plan against our client is being perfected, the reason why we are here before you to call the agency to order, since competent court of jurisdiction had ruled against such harassment and plots in May last year.
The NDLEA under Giade on the 23rd of May last year invaded the Lagos residence of Senator Buruji Kashamu on the same phantom allegation but asked to vacate the place by the Federal High Court in Lagos on the 27th of the same month, with ruling that “Nigeria had no business operating with foreign government against Kashamu on matters that had been adjudicated upon years back in favour of the senator.
The Deputy Chairman of the committee, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, condemned the alleged NDLEA plot, saying it is tantamount to disregard to the rule of law, given that a competent court had rule against Kashamu’s extradition to the US. Na’Allah said the agency should discontinue any move against the senator in the mean time.