The Ogun state born business man and senate-elect from Ogun-east senatorial district, Buruji Kashamu has alleged that the plot to extradite him to the United States of America is the handiwork of former president Olusegun Obasanjo. He said the plot is to deny him the opportunity to represent the people of Ogun east through a mandate freely given to him by the people of Ogun east senatorial district. He added that former president Obasanjo’s plan is to ensure that he is arrested during the swearing in ceremony in the senate and ship him to the USA to face trial before Judge Norgle.
It will be recalled that Kashamu tussle for the leadership of Ogun state PDP with former president Obasanjo was at the head of the crisis between President Jonathan and former president Obasanjo. President Jonathan was seen as being on the side of Kashamu in the power tussle in Ogun PDP. It is believed the power tussle between Kashamu and Obasanjo for the soul of PDP in Ogun state was responsible for Obasanjo final exit from the PDP. Former President Bosanko was said to have accused President Jonathan of allowing drug barons and fugitives take over the PDP.
Interestingly, Obasanjo is not listed among those Kashamu had asked the court to restraint. In his suit marked FHC/L/CS/505/15 Kashamu is asking the court to declare as unlawful attempt to abduct and forcibly ship him to the US.
Among those listed as respondents to the suit are the Inspector General of police, chairman of the National Drugs law enforcement Agency(NDLEA) Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC),DG Department of state security(DSS),The Interpol, the Attorney General of the Federation, Clerk of the National Assembly, National Security Adviser to the President ,Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, the Nigeria Custom Service, the Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria security and civil defence corps.
In his affidavit, he said the allegations of the US authorities against him with regards to importation of narcotics to the US were a cost of mistaken identity. He asked the court for protection against unlawful abduction through an order to the inspector general of police to provide a security details of at least six armed police officers to protect him at all times from attacks and abduction.
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos adjourned the case to May 8 as the counsel to the EFCC Rotimi Oyedepo said the EFCC was not sure which of its offices, Lagos or Abuja was served the processes by the applicant. He asked for adjournment to respond to the Kashamu application in the interest of justice.
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