Kashamu fights back, submits motion to hold AG Adoke, NDLEA chairman criminally contempt

by Ranti Joseph

Senator-Elect, Buruji Kashamu won’t go down without a fight in his case of extradition as Federal High Court today ordered the NDLEA to vacate his premises but it seems that just didn’t happen without Kashamu doing anything.

According to SaharaReporters, it said it received exclusive court papers revealing Kashamu’s latest attempt to avoid extradition to the United States for drug-related charges. The documents, submitted to the court by his lawyer Ajibola Oluyede, demand his unconditional release from house arrest and for the NDLEA to vacate all his properties.

Oluyede, who spoke to SaharaReporters, said Kashamu has been held under house arrest illegally since Saturday and has been denied freedom of movement.

“The NDLEA has no warrant to arrest or detain Kashamu, and they have no legal authority to hold him under the Extradition Act. Only a warrant issued by a judge would grant them [NDLEA] the authority for that. They [the NDLEA and Attorney General’s Office] are trying to file a request now,” Oluyede said.

The motion is demanding that the Attorney General and NDLEA to show cause by a statement of oath within 48 hours…[on] why the court should not find them guilty of criminal contempt as charged in this application.

The motion also stated that the actions by the NDLEA, under approval of AG Mohammed Adoke, are illegal because the court has not ruled on the Originating Motion on Notice, which outlines the charges against Kashamu.

Ofoyeju Mitchell, the Head of Public Affairs at the NDLEA, had earlier said that the NDLEA is acting legally and that Kashamu’s fundamental human rights are being respected including his freedom of movement.

“People are free to go to Mr. Kashamu’s residence” and that what is important is we’ve placed him under house arrest. He has the right to interact with family and his attorneys. He only has to appear in court on Monday,” Mitchell said.

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