A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday fixed May 27, 2015 to decide on a fundamental rights enforcement suit by the senator-elect for Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, seeking protection against the alleged plot to extradite him to the United States of America.
Kashamu, in the said suit, accused the Inspector General of Police and 11 others of plotting to abduct and forcibly transport him to the US to face trial on alleged drug-related offences.
He alleged that he had uncovered plans by the defendants doing the bidding of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to arrest him during his swearing in as a senator and to transport him to the US in a private plane to face trial before Judge Norgle.
He therefore prayed the court to declare the alleged abduction and extradition plot as an infringement on his fundamental human right to liberty, freedom of association and freedom of movement as protected by sections 35, 40 and 41 of the Constitution.
Moving the application yesterday, Kashamu’s lawyer, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), said his client had rushed to court to seek protection because “when you see a danger coming, you don’t have to wait until it takes place.”
He said the law allowed an applicant to seek the court’s protection when he sees that a danger “has been, is being or is likely to be” unleashed on him, adding that Kashamu fell within the perimeter of “likely to be.”
Besides, Izinyon argued that none of the 12 respondents sued had controverted the alleged plot to abduct his client.
But in opposition, counsel for the Inspector General of police and the Interpol National Central Bureau, Mr. David Igbodo, said Kashamu failed to show any proof of the alleged move to abduct and extradite him.
Igbodo, who described Kashamu’s action as speculative, urged the court to dismiss the suit.
“My Lord, what the 1st and 5th respondents are simply saying is that this application is speculative. The 1st and 5th respondents have not made, are not making and are not likely to make any attempt to abduct the applicant, as alleged by the applicant.”
Igbodo added that abduction is a criminal offence, which the police IG, as the foremost law enforcement agent in the country, would never engage in.
Kashamu is seeking, among other reliefs, an order of the court directing the police IG to “provide a security detail of at least six armed police officers to protect the applicant at all times of the day and to prevent (him from) any attack or abduction.”
He also prayed for a court order directing the clerk of the National Assembly “to accord the applicant every facility, right and privileges due to a senator-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria until he takes his oath of office and thereafter as is due to a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
He prayed the court to restrain all the respondents and their agents from preventing him from entering the National Assembly hall.

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