By Samuel Ogundipe
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has, today, ordered all security agencies of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to desist from apprehending a senator-elect from Ogun State, Prince Buruji Kashamu.
Mr. Kashamu, who was elected senator in the March 28 National Assembly elections, has been in the news since the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, surrounded his house on Saturday morning in order to facilitate his extradition to the United States of America where he’s expected to face charges bordering on alleged sale and transportation of illicit drugs in that country.
Justice Okon Abang of the FHC ruled that a January 2014 judgement had barred any Nigerian government law enforcement authority from arresting Kashamu or encroaching on his property and said, in absence of any upturn of that judgement, the fundamental rights of the politician must be protected.
The judge also awarded the some of ₦20,000 as tort for the embattled senator-elect.
In his reaction to the judgement, NDLEA spokesman, Mitchel Ofoyeju, said the agency is l“ooking at the ruling and will act according to its dictates.”
The same court had, yesterday, ordered NDLEA to vacate Kashamu’s property, a judgement the agency has remained defiant of.
Mr. Kashamu has continued to maintain his innocence, arguing that that he’d never stepped foot in the United States and his is a case of mistaken identity.