Extradition: Suspend all actions on Kashamu, court orders NDLEA

Extradition: Suspend all actions on Kashamu, court orders NDLEA

Scan News reported that Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos State has asked the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to suspend all actions on the move to extradite the Ogun East senator-elect, Prince Buruji Kashamu, to the United States to face trial on alleged drug-trafficking offences.

Justice Buba, while adjourning hearing in all pending applications on the matter till June 19, said that status quo should be maintained till all the applications were decided one way or the other.
It would be recalled that Kashamu had dragged both the NDLEA and the Attorney General of the Federation to court in the aftermath of the plan by them to extradite him to the United States to answer to drug related charges.
In the application, it was argued that the AGF and the NDLEA Chairman had, through their actions, violated the existing court order which barred them from taking steps at arresting him for an extradition to the United States.
In response, the NDLEA  filed preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter.
The hearing of the application was stalled on Thursday owing to the disclosure by the NDLEA lawyer, A. M.Sunday, that the agency was never served with the suit’s originating processes.
According to him, it was only the court’s order of 26th May, 2015, that was served on the NDLEA.
However, the NDLEA lawyer, while addressing the court, said the agency is challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit and has filed a motion seeking to set aside the orders.
Kashamu’s lawyer, R.A. Oluyede, urged the court to make additional orders to bring sanity back to the operations of the respondents.
According to him, the motion filed by the NDLEA is of no relevance as it had been overtaken by events.
He then urged the court to declare the fresh move by the respondents to commence extradition proceedings against the applicant in the light of the existing judgment of the court restraining them from doing so as illegal.
He also urged the court to nullify any warrant of arrest that might have been obtained through any source in an attempt to extradite his client.
He is also seeking for an order directing the Inspector General of Police(IGP) to provide police security to protect the applicant from any attempt on his life.
However, Justice Buba, in a bench ruling, refused to make additional orders as was requested by Kashamu’s lawyer but ordered that nothing should be done by parties to undermine the processes before the court.
He said the court would have to adjourn the matter to allow all parties to be served with the necessary court’s processes.
“The matter before the court is that of committal and challenge to jurisdiction. I shall adjourn for the hearing of the applications on its merits,” the judge further held.
The matter was subsequently adjourned till June 19 for the hearing of all pending applications. – Scan News
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