By Ibidapo Balogun
The Nigeria Drug and Law Enforcement Agent (NDLEA) has virtually taken over the Lekki, Lagos residence of prominent politician and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader in the South-west, Senator-elect Buruju Kashamu, apparently in a bid to extradite him to the United States for alleged drug related offences.
The anti-drug agency was said to have stormed Kashamu’s residence in Lekki Phase I, Lagos, as early as 4.30 am, preventing members of the family from going in and out.
After some resistance from the security in the house, the NDLEA operatives which surrounded the residence, was said to have pulled down the gate to gain entrance.
The operatives are still looking for Kashamu. He is the chief financier of PDP in the South-west and Chairman Mobilization Committee of the party in the zone.
Kashamu was elected on March 28 to represent Ogun East Senatorial District but he has been having a running battle with those rooting to extradite him to the US at all cost to answer to alleged drug charges, one of which is former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
The case instituted by Kashamu to block the planned extradition where the NDLEA is joined as a party is still before the court of law. A case in that regard is coming up on Wednesday.
As at 2 pm on Saturday, operatives of the anti-drug agency had placed Kashamu on house arrest till Monday pending when a warrant of arrest in the court is secured.
Kashamu Blames Bode George, Wife Roli
But in a statement by his Media Aide Austin Oniyokor, Kashamu has blamed former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Chief Olabode George, whose wife Roli is the Director-General of the NDLEA behind the virtual take over of his residence to effect his arrest.
The statement is as follows:
“The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) this morning (Saturday,23rd May, 2015) at about 4:30am surrounded the Lekki Phase 1, Lagos residence of Prince Buruji Kashamu to allegedly effect his arrest following a purported extradition request from the US.
“This latest onslaught is a confirmation of the alleged plot to illegally abduct him in spite of the pending suit against this illegality. As a matter of fact, the court has ordered parties in the matter including the NDLEA to maintain status quo until judgment is delivered on Wednesday 27th May 2015.
“We have confirmed that they do not have a warrant of arrest, just as the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice has said that it did not give any order to carry out this illegality.
“We have confirmed that this illegality is being designed and executed by Chief Bode George whose wife is the Director General of the NDLEA, all in a bid to score cheap political points. We urge all well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on NDLEA, Chief George and his wife to toe the path of the rule of law and follow due process. Nigeria is not a Banana republic!
“The United States (US) being the bastion of democracy, the rule of law and due process should not lend itself to this kind of illegality”.