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Kashamu: Court cannot stop us from doing our legitimate duty-NDLEA
Prince Kashamu: NDLEA ignores court order

Kashamu: Court cannot stop us from doing our legitimate duty-NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has stated that no court has the right to stop a government agency from carrying out its statutory functions.

The agency was reacting to a Federal High Court order issued by Justice Ibrahim Buba which called on the agency not only to stop its planned arrest of Buruji Kashamu, Senator-elect for Ogun West but to stop the present lock-down of his residence.

According to Mitchell Ofoyeju, a Spokesman for the agency, the NDLEA did not believe that any court would issue an order preventing a government agency from performing its statutory responsibilities in a lawful manner.

He noted: “The agency has therefore refused to be distracted and will continue to maintain presence at the residence. It is advisable that Kashamu respects the law by submitting himself to the due process of the law.

“The NDLEA wishes to reiterate that his rights like that of other citizens shall be respected and the due process of law followed in this case.

“The agency is prepared to further increase her public rating and goodwill in the areas of suspect handling, respect for human rights and the rule of law. We are prepared to explore all legal means in handling this case to a logical conclusion.”

The agency regarded that court action by Kashamu as diversionary tactics and that the order was inconsequential.

Prince Kashamu had approached the court on Monday, May 25th following the invasion of his Lekki, Lagos home in the early hours of Saturday, May 23rd, where he was placed on house arrest.

So his lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede approached the court to enforce his fundamental human rights and asked the Attorney-General of the Federation and the NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade to produce a warrant of his arrest and also to vacate Kashamu’s residence.

After the filing of the case, Justice Ibrahim Buba summoned both men to appear before him on Tuesday to explain why they disobeyed a court order to maintain status quo on an alleged plan  to abduct Mr Kashamu and extradite him to the United States to face charges of drug trafficking.

After waiting for the NDLEA to produce a warrant without success, Mr Kashamu’s lawyer proceeded to ask the court to hold the men liable for contempt of court.

It will be recalled that  Kashamu has been a target of both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for over 20 years and was further indicted by the Grand Jury in the Northern District of Illinois, United States on heroin trafficking charges.

The plan of the NDLEA is to take him to court to begin extradition proceeding against him and send him to the US to face these weighty charges, but Prince Kashamu has refused to give himself up.

He insists that he had no case to answer that in fact it was a case of mistaken identity and his brother was the one involved in the shady business in question.

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