Abuja - The Federal Government has not appealed against the ruling of Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which dismissed a suit seeking the extradition of the Ogun-East Senator, Buruji Kashamu, to the United States of America, Punch reports.
The government ought to have appealed against the ruling which was delivered on July 1, within 14 days since it was an interlocutory ruling and not a judgment on the main suit.
The Ministry of Justice, has only appealed against two separate judgments of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court which had stopped the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation from going ahead with the extradition proceedings already instituted against the senator before Justice Kolawole.
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Justice Kolawole had, in his ruling on July 1, dismissed the extradition suit on the grounds that his court lacked jurisdiction to entertain it since the judgment of the Lagos division of the court nullifying the proceedings had not been set aside by any appellate court.
Justice Okon Abang of the Lagos division had, on June 8, 2015, nullified the extradition proceedings instituted before Justice Kolawole in the Abuja division of the court on the grounds that the suit was commenced in contravention of some subsisting court orders which had exonerated Kashamu of culpability in the alleged crime in the US.
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