UK clears Kashamu, says no plans for extradition

From the look of things, Ogun state senator Buruji Kashamu will be let off the hook easily. Fresh facts have emerged in the case of extradition between him and the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

According to Leadership, the UK government through the British High Commission in Abuja explained its own findings to Arase in a letter. It said that it is no longer interested in any matter concerning Kashamu, having discharged him in 2003.

The letter which was signed by a police advisor of the High Commission in Abuja, Robert Hunter, and addressed to Arase also disclosed that the accused person is not wanted in connection with any other offences within the UK jurisdiction.

The letter disclosed that the British Magistrate who freed Kashamu in 2003 did so when he was not satisfied that there was a case for him to answer adding that this was why the United Kingdom authorities had decided to cancel the extradition request they received from the United States Justice Department.

“I understand that the US authorities are seeking his extradition but I can confirm that we have no current interest in this matter and he is not wanted in connection with any other offences within our jurisdiction”, Robert Hunter said in the letter.

Also it was gathered that the International Police (INTERPOL) had earlier cancelled the arrest warrant it imposed against Kashamu immediately it discovered that the US authorities had withdrawn their own warrant in 2008.

But the US is insisting that Kashamu is the same person as Adewale Kashamu wanted by its security agents in connection with the trafficking of heroine into America for several years up till 1994. The NDLEA also said that the US had sent a request to extradite him to face the charges.

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