By Samuel Ogundipe
In what seems to be a dramatic turn around, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has now said it will acquiesce to the ruling of the Federal High Court, Lagos, in its ongoing narcotics standoff with Buruji Kashamu.
The court ruled early Wednesday that all “unlawful extradition” attempts against Mr. Kashamu must cease. It also awarded a ₦20,000 tort for Mr. Kashamu.
But the NDLEA in its initial reaction said its men will continue to surround Kashamu’s house.
Kashamu, a senator-elect who will be representing Ogun East at the upper legislative chamber in the 8th Assembly, has dragged the anti-narcotics agency to court after operatives forced themselves into his house and held him on house arrest Saturday.
The United States is said to have sought extradition of Kashamu with the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Bello Adoke, but no evidence has been presented to ascertain this.
Prince Ajibola Oluyede, legal counsel to Mr. Kashamu, has claimed that the NDLEA did not obtain a tenable warrant of arrest when it visited his client’s home. He further alleged that the agency is in connivance with the U.S. authorities to kidnap the politician.
Bellow is the updated press statement from the agency after major outcry from legal practitioners and civil liberties organisations:
“The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said that it will obey the decision of the court of competent jurisdiction on the ongoing case involving senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu. As a government agency and a law enforcement institution that has respect for the rule of law, the NDLEA will abide by the decisions of a competent court.
This is a legal issue and the Agency has windows of opportunities to explore legally in advancing its course. NDLEA will not violate court orders or take law into its hands in enforcing its statutory responsibilities.
The media shall be duly informed of further developments.”
Head, Public Affairs