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Ruling on Kashamu’s extradition to US set for today

25 May 2015, 09:17 Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has allayed fears it would violate the rights of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain, Buruji Kashamu, whose extradition the United States has requested.

The politician is wanted in the US for alleged drug-related offences.

He was this past weekend placed under house arrest.

NDLEA Spokesperson, Ofoyeju Mitchell, asked the embattled senator-elect representing Ogun-East, to have confidence in the Nigerian judicial system.

“At the time of his arrest, NDLEA officers allowed Kashamu's legal attorneys – Daniel Onamusi and Barrister Oloyede – and close family members including his wife and adult daughters to speak with him and attest to his well-being,” Mitchell said.

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“Assertions that he will be bundled up under cover of darkness and whisked out of the country are untrue and should not be given any credence. We expect Kashamu as a senator-elect to demonstrate confidence in the Nigerian judicial system and not insinuate otherwise,” the NDLEA publicist said.

Kashamu has been a target of both the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for over 20 years and was indicted in the Northern District of Illinois.

Kashamu, who US court documents allege was known in his days as the leader of a prolific heroin trafficking ring based in Chicago, Illinois as 'God,' 'Daddy,' and 'Kasmal,' is wanted to stand trial on charges of conspiracy and importation of controlled substances, namely heroin, into the country dating back to 1994.

- CAJ News


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