By Samuel Ogundipe
Foremost lawyer and human rights activist, Barr. Monday Ubani, has called on the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to “desist from brazen act of impunity” and “allow the ruling of a competent court of jurisdiction to prevail.”
UBANI, a former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch, is adding his voice to the growing call for the agency to obey two separate court orders in the case of Mr. Buruji Kashamu.
Kashamu, a senator-elect from Ogun East, has been a target of a narcotics indictment in the United States.
NDLEA said it is determined to extradite Kashamu because it has received a request from U.S. authorities to extradite him to Chicago, Illinois, to face trial.
Kashamu maintains his innocence and approached the Federal High Court, Lagos, to restrain agencies of the federal government, including police and NDLEA, from arresting him.
Justice Ibrahim Buba ruled on Tuesday that the NDLEA should vacate the beleaguered politician’s property. But the agency brushed aside the judgement, saying no court can ban it from carrying out its lawful duties.
On Wednesday, another judge, Okon Abang, ruled in of Kashamu. The judge restrained all federal agencies from arresting him and went as far as awarding him a tort of ₦20,000.
But the NDLEA still maintains its week-long siege on the suspect’s home.
Mr. Ubani said the NDLEA should “appeal the judgement instead of openly disobeying the order.”
“We just voted a new government in based on the pretext of change, we cannot expect change if illegalities like this continue.”
“It doesn’t matter whoever Kashamu may be, as long as he has the protection of the law after two trials in the U.K. and other ones in Nigeria, nobody should continue to detain him,” Ubani added.
Another legal luminary, Mr. Yusuf Ali, SAN, had told WESTERN POST on Wednesday that the NDLEA must obey the order of the court. He said the agency will be setting a very dangerous precedence should it fail to yield to the dictates of the law.