Kashamu fails to show up in court, remains locked up at home

by Kolapo Olapoju

Troubled Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu, has failed to show up in court in the suit to oppose his extradition to the United States to face drug-related charges.

Kashamu has locked himself in his home in Lekki Phase 1, in Lagos, since Saturday, May 23, when operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency stormed his house to arrest him to fulfill a request by the US government for his extradition in connection with a 1994 drug case.

A statement released on Monday, May 25, by the Head, Public Affairs of NDLEA, Mitchell Ofoyeju, disclosed that the house of the politician had been condoned off until his appearance in court.

“The agency is working hard to ensure that he submits himself to the due process of the law. His house remains cordoned off by anti-narcotic officers pending his appearance in court.”

“The extradition move by the NDLEA for Kashamu to answer drug trafficking charges is legal. The agency has not violated his rights and will continue to work within the confines of the law. He has been assured that due process of the law shall be adhered to at every stage.”

“NDLEA is the appropriate government agency to implement his extradition request and will diligently pursue the processes to a logical conclusion. It is expected that Kashamu will willingly submit himself to the laws of the country under which he seeks to serve as a Senator.”

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