*Federal High Court orders Adoke, Giade to appear tomorrow for contempt proceedings
By Ibidapo Balogun with agency report
Senator-elect Buruji Kashamu who has been under house arrest since the early hours of Saturday refused to appear in court on Monday, insisting he would not leave his house until the NDLEA has shown him their warrant of arrest to pick him.
NDLEA men had invaded Kashamu’s Lekki, Lagos residence as early as 4.30 am on Saturday, virtually taken over the entire house, refusing to allow people go in or out.
In a statement by the agency later, the NDLEA said they placed the Senator-elect under house arrest in a bid to give effect to his extradition to the United States, which, according to the agency, had requested for his extradition for drug related offences.
They said Kashamu would be taken to court on Monday but that did not happen as Kashamu demanded for their warrant of arrest to take him away.
Kashamu’s spokesman Austin Oniyokor says it’s an illegal siege and that they have no arrest warrant.
“About six fully armed, hooded and menacing-looking operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency are right inside his bedroom with his wife, children and other members of his immediate family!” Oniyokor said.
Kashamu is the victim of a political conspiracy, he said.
Kashamu, 56, has always spoken of his innocence in the heroin smuggling allegation.
Chicago prosecutors charge he was the kingpin of a heroin trafficking ring there in the 1990s.
Kashamu has said the prosecutors really want the dead brother whom he closely resembles and not himself.
After years of inaction, the United States has requested his extradition, according to Nigeria’s drug agency.
The U.S. Embassy did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation.
Senators like Kashamu are to be sworn into the new legislature on Friday.
The moves follow the downfall of President Goodluck Jonathan’s party, in which Kashamu was a major financier and powerful politician.
Jonathan lost March elections but Kashamu was elected as senator to represent hsi Ogun East.
A Chicago grand jury in 1998 indicted Kashamu for conspiracy to import and distribute heroin in the U.S.
A previous request to extradite him from Britain failed in 2003.
Kashamu spent five years in a British jail before he was freed over uncertainty about his identity. He was carrying $230,000 when he was arrested there.
A dozen people long ago pleaded guilty in the case, including American Piper Kerman, whose memoir was adapted for the Netflix hit “Orange is the New Black.”
Kerman’s book never identified Kashamu by name, only citing a West African drug kingpin.
Meanwhile, the Federa High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday ordered the Attorney-General of the Federation and Justice Minister Muhammed Adoke, NDLEA chief Ahmadu Giade to appear before it tomorrow over contempt proceedings.