Attorney General of the Federation AGF, said on Friday that it has appealed against the judgment of two Federal High Courts, delivered in favoured of the embattled Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial district, Prince Kashamu Buruji.
Counsel to the AGF, Mt. Emeka Ngige, SAN, stated this on Friday, at the resumed hearing of the contempt proceeding, filed by Prince Buruji against AGF and the Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
Justice Okon Abang had on May 27, 2015, upholding the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by the embattled Senator Kashamu. While Justice Ibrahim Buba of another Lagos Federal High Court, had on June 8, 2015, restrained the Federal Government and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) from taking further steps on Kashamu’s extradition to the United States pending the hearing and determination of his contempt application against AGF and NDLEA boss.
At the proceeding, Ngige, SAN, informed the court of an appeal against the ruling of the court made on June 8.
Ngige had further drawn the court’s attention to an application to stay further proceedings in the matter pending the determination of the Appeal Court.
Responding, Senator Kashamu’s lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede, said the application by the AGF amounted to an ambush on the contempt proceeding.
Oluyede stated that apart from the fact that he had not been served with the motion for stay, it was also important for the court to determine whether it could hear a party that had refused to obey a court order in respect of such application for stay.
However, in his bench ruling, Justice Buba said in view of the prevailing circumstances, he would adjourn the matter to enable all the processes to be properly placed before him. He, however, assured that justice would be done expeditiously.
Subsequently, the matter was adjourned to June 22, 2015.
In the notice of appeal against June 8 ruling, the AGF contended that Justice Ibrahim Buba erred when he restrained security agencies from taking steps to extradite Senator Kashamu, which was the subject of another suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The AGF stated that Justice Buba ought to have dismissed the matter, as the judge could not exercise supervisory role over another Federal High Court, which is a court of coordinate jurisdiction.
In the appeal against Justice Abang’s judgment, the AGF submitted that from a careful scrutiny of the case, it was clear that the lower court aided Kashamu to abuse the processes of the court.
The AGF recalled that Kashamu, in an affidavit in support of the suit, stated that he won a similar case in suit no FHC/L/CS/938/2010 at the trial court, but that the judgment was reversed at the Court of Appeal and now pending in Supreme Court.

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