Lagos - The African Civil Liberty Committee on Rendition has asked the United States to absolve itself from the planned abduction of a Chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Buruji Kashamu, to face drug-related charges.
The organisation’s Coordinator, Sunday Philip, in a letter to the US Ambassador in Nigeria, James Entwistle, accused some highly-placed Nigerians of working with the US government to illegally extradite Kashamu, a Senator-elect to the US to face trial.
“We are worried that the United States Government has not adequately distanced itself from these weighty allegations that it is an active part in a plot to commit illegality on the soil of a friendly nation, to wit abducting and rendering the national of the country in collusion with other Nigerians who have made it clear that they are on a vendetta mission,” Philip stated.
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“There have been assertions that a court in the United Kingdom, presided over by district Judge Tim Workman on January 10, 2003 declared in his judgment (after 3 years of diligent trial), had earlier vindicated Prince Buruji Kashamu for the same charges he is allegedly being sought in the US thus resort to underhand tactics by the Nigerians involved in the abduction plot.”
Philip said the Federal Government of Nigeria had also not proven that it has received any extradition request from the United States. The Federal Government admitted that much in a letter by the Attorney General dated January 28.
“From several news reports, statements and declarations from the personae involved, it is apparent that former Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo is an arrowhead in the abduction plot and it is on this basis that we implore the US Government to revisit Obasanjo’s recent democratic credential that include his failed attempt at tenure elongation as well as the war crimes he committed in Odi and Zak Ibiam to get the true feel of what is driving his present venture,” Philip said.
- CAJ News