Posted by News Express | 27 May 2015 | 2,953 times
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday turned down an order requesting it to vacate the residence of Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu, in Lagos.
The Agency’s Head of Public Affairs, Mitchel Ofoyeju, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos.
Ofoyeju said that the agency received a court order to vacate the residence and directed both Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Bello Adoke and Ahmed Giade, Chairman, NDLEA to appear in court.
According to the statement, the NDLEA did not believe that any court would issue such warrant preventing any agency to perform its statutory role as drug trafficking law enforcement agency.
Ofoyeju said the agency would continue to maintain its stand on monitoring the residence of the Senator-elect in preparation for his extradition after his appearance in court.
“The NDLEA wishes to reiterate that his rights like that of other citizens shall be respected and the due process of law followed in this case.
“The agency is prepared to further increase its public rating and goodwill in the areas of suspect handling.
“Respect for human rights and the rule of law.
“We are prepared to explore all legal means in handling this case to a logical conclusion,” the statement said.
Ofoyeju said that the Nigerian Government had received request from the United States Government for the extradition of Prince Buriji Kashamu.
He said that the U.S. government had also provided Warrant of Arrest on him contrary to what his attorneys said that there was no warrant of arrest to justify their actions.
“According to official record, Kashamu has been a target of both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration,” the statement said, adding:
“In addition with Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for over 20 years.
“He was further indicted by the Grand Jury in the Northern District of Illinois, United States on heroin trafficking charges.” (NAN)
•Photo shows Kashamu
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