SENATOR representing Ogun West in the Senate, Prince Kashamu Buruji yesterday again raised a fresh alarm on an alleged ploy by the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, SAN, and the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to forcefully abduct and transport him to the United States of America to face drug related criminal charges. The senator has therefore asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to stop the alleged planned abduction and to commit the AGF and the NDLEA boss to prison for contempt of court. Buruji through his counsel,
Mr. Charles Ndukwe told Justice Gabriel Kolawale that since July when the court put on hold any plan to abduct him, the defendants have been making clandestine moves to get him to the US at all cost to face trial on hard drug offences. The counsel informed the court that unless an injunctive order was made against the defendant, the fundamental rights of his client would be jeopardised. Justice Kolawale however queried the counsel on the allegation on the grounds that no evidence of forceful abduction had been placed before the court. The judge also said that the issue of contempt of court cannot be raised against the defendants since he did not grant an injunctive order
against the defendants and as such, no order would have been flaunted. Justice Kolawale said that he only dismissed the motion for extradition brought against Buruji by the AGF on the grounds that it constituted an abuse of court process having filed a similar motion at the Lagos division of the court. Although Ndukwe made spirited efforts to substantiate his allegation that his client was about to be forcefully abducted, the judge said such an allegation could only be looked into, when evidence was placed before the court. He said that even at that there was a difference between abduction and extradition and that the matter before the court was an extradition matter and not abduction.
Th court has fixed Dec. 15 for the matter to be heard and for the AGF and NDLEA chairman to be present in court. The Federal Government, last year filed a motion before a Federal High Court in Lagos seeking to extradite the businessman cum senator on the grounds that he had been indicted and wanted in the USA to answer charges on drug related matters. The motion filed by the former AGF, Mr. Bello Adoke SAN was premised on the request by the US to Nigeria to extradite Buruji in compliance with a treaty with Nigeria on drug matters and that Buruji had been indicted by the US drug office and needed for prosecution.


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