DSS, others ask court to compel Kashamu to honour invitation.

The Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), the Inspector-General (IG) of Police and a member of the House of Representatives, Oladipupo Adebutu, have asked the Abuja Federal High Court to compel Senator Buruji Kashamu to honour an invitation sent to him by the security agencies over allegation of attempted assassination.

The parties yesterday asked the court to disregard and reject claim by Kashamu that the invitation was a ploy to forcefully abduct and extradite him to the United States (U.S.) to answer criminal charges on drug-related matters against him.

The DSS and the police, in separate counter-affidavits to the originating summon of Kashamu asking for a perpetual restraining order against his arrest or invitation, said that the claim of extradition raised by the senator was speculative and has no bearing nor connection with their invitation to him to clarify issues on the assassination allegation.

He also said upon receipt of the petition, he directed a Special Investigation Panel (SIP) to probe the allegations to determine their authenticity.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba fixed March 2 for definite hearing of the matter. In another development, the DSS has arrested former gubernatorial aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi.

Gbadamosi, who is a critic of the Buhari administration, was taken away to an unknown destination. It was reported that members of his family and his lawyers were denied access to him.

Go to U.S. to clear yourself, former Nigerian ambassador tells Kashamu

A diplomat, Folake Marcus-Bello, has advised fugitive Nigerian senator, Buruji Kashamu, to voluntarily go to the United States of America and clear his name over the drugs allegation against him, rather than wait until he is extradited.

Ms. Marcus-Bello gave the advice while featuring on a live radio programme on Sweet FM in Abeokuta. She said Mr. Kashamu’s lawyers should have advised him also to go and defend himself.

“Crime does not go away, it does not expire. It will continue to rear its head, nobody can claim he is guilty or innocent until he goes to clear this mess,” who served as Nigeria’s ambassador to Zambia and Malawi said.

Ms. Marcus-Bello, who is also a legal practitioner, encouraged Mr. Kashamu to consider the reputation of himself, family and Nigeria as a country? to clear his name.

“For the sake of himself, his family, his constituency of hardworking, honest Ijebus, he should travel to get justice?. It is simple, if they are looking for you, buy a ticket and go defend yourself.

“It is like they say they are looking for Folake Marcus Bello for children trafficking. I would buy a ticket and go to the embassy and say ‘here I am, please give me a visa let me go’”

The former Ambassador said some of the statements credited to Mr. Kashamu were shameful.

“It is shameful that somebody at that level, a senator of the Republic of Nigeria representing my constituents in Ogun State would say he would rather die, call up the private army of OPC to fight rather than being taken abroad. Why?”

On Mr. Kashamu’s contention that Nigerian and British courts had acquitted him, the former ambassador argued that it was a faulty argument.

“Look let me tell you, I am a lawyer. Crime never goes away. This is mistake a lot of people make and it is also part of our problem in this country; we don’t know the law, we don’t know our rights, we don’t read, we don’t learn. It is a simple matter.

“Crime does not go away. If you have committed a crime and you have not served the punishment for that crime, let us assume you committed a crime at age 21, you can go on till you are 90, the day you are caught you will be tried and you will serve the punishment.

“He is my Senator, some of us from his constituency will escort him to ensure he gets justice. We know he will get justice, it is an organised society. Let him clear this for the sake of Ogun State, for the sake of Ijebus for the sake of Nigeria. It is just a question of taking a flight to defend himself”.

 

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Lawyers accuse fugitive Buruji Kashamu of threats to life.

A week after a U.S. court insisted on his extradition for drug related offences, Nigerian senator Buruji Kashamu has been accused by some lawyers of alleged threat to their lives.

A group of lawyers in Ogun State petitioned the state Commissioner of Police over alleged threat to their lives and attempted murder by Mr. Kashamu, who has claimed the U.S. drug case was that of mistaken identity.

The lawyers, in a letter by Edwards Group Chambers dated January 30, alleged that Mr. Kashamu had contracted suspected hired killers to eliminate them for being counsel to the defendant in a case instituted by Mr. Kashamu.

The Senator had filed the suit against a member of the House of Representatives, Ladi Adebutu, before an Abeokuta High Court for allegedly calling Mr. Kashamu a fugitive and drug baron.

The lawyers, in the petition copied the Inspector General of Police, Senate President, Chief Judge of Ogun State, Director of State Security Service and Director, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency?, alleged that the grouse of Mr. Kashamu was that they accepted a brief to defend Mr. Adebutu in the case.

Signed by Kayode Akinsola on their behalf, the petitioners ?stated that after the proceedings of January 25 in the court, suspected thugs who they alleged had been brought to the court by Mr. Kashamu, pursued the lawyers and fired gun shots at their vehicles.

They further alleged that the attempt on their lives was in reaction to their cross examination of Mr. Kashamu in the court.

“Unfortunately, the rigorous cross examination of Buruji Kashamu by Chief Edwards Odugbesan on matters that borders on the alleged criminal atrocities of Senator Buruji Kashamu in the United States and United Kingdom purportedly infuriated Senator Buruji Kashamu and his teeming supporters in court, majority of whom we later discovered to be hired thugs of Senator Buruji Kashamu sometime last week”, they wrote in the petition.

“Suffice it to say that the aftermath of the close of proceedings of 25th January, 2017 witnessed an ugly situation where thugs of the popular politician ran after our vehicles and shot to the air somewhere before getting to Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State, forcing us to scamper into safety and narrowly escaped being killed”, they stated.

The lawyers added further that “the above egregious state of? affairs was further aggravated by the threat to take human lives, personally made by Kashamu and captured by the Punch Newspaper of Monday, January 30, ‘wherein he vowed to kill up to five persons before he can be forcefully extradited to the United States of America to answer to charges of his alleged involvement in banned substances’.”

Mr. Kashamu’s spokesperson has since told PREMIUM TIMES his principal did not issue the threat to kill anyone.

The lawyers urged the police to offer them protection on the next date of hearing on February

“It will not be out of place to state that the defendant and all the lawyers representing the defendant are endangered species and prime targets of Senator Buruji Kashamu’s thugs and assassins therewith.

“As a corollary to the foregoing, we apply for provision of adequate security cover and orderly for all the lawyers representing the defendant before, during and after court proceedings.

“We equally invite you to investigate the alleged intention of Senator Buruji Kashamu as to the names of those he intend to kill in the aforesaid national publication and occurrence of the 25 January, 2016”?,they stated in their petition.

In his reaction, Mr. Kashamu’s media assistant, Austin Oniyokor, described the allegation as laughable.

“There was nothing  like attack on anybody,” Mr. Oniyokor said on Wednesday. “We came to Abeokuta and after the hearing? we left peacefully. Even, we met the governor’s convoy and he can testify to our peaceful exit.”

The aide said if such attack truly occurred, it would have been reported in the media, and the lawyers would not wait for about a week before reporting it to the police.

“People will die before I’m extradited”, Buruji Kashamu threatens.

Buruji Kashamu, lawmaker representing Ogun east senatorial district, says two or three people will die before he can be extradited to the US.

 

According to PUNCH, the legislator, who is being charged for drug related offences, has revealed his plan of hiring 40 members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) to protect him.

 

Maintaining his innocence, Kashamu said Adewale, his late younger brother was the culprit, not him.

 

“I will go and hire OPC, may be like 40. I will load them in my vehicle, because the day we meet, one has to kill one,” he reportedly said in a statement.

 

“That is for sure! One has to kill one because I am not ready to go anywhere. Before that happens, maybe about three, four or five people will die.

 

“The Beninoise Interpol produced evidence showing that the Benin telephone number, through which the US offenders communicated with their west African collaborators, belonged to my brother, Adewale Kashamu, and not me.

 

“When they were looking for him, the NDLEA people went to his house here; they searched his house. they went to his car company, they sealed his car company and they took over 30 vehicles from there. He ran away.”

 

He blamed his predicament on former President Olusegun Obasanjo, appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to protect him.

 

“I do not believe that this government can entertain this kind of rubbish. I do believe that this government has integrity and they are credible; they believe in the rule of law, because if they want to do it, they could have done it,” he said.

 

“Obasanjo has been pushing them, using one Sandra, a former ambassador of the United States; he’s the one pushing everybody, meeting all these judges, but what have I done?

 

“There is no extradition that can be brought against me again. The only thing they can do is to watch and catch me on the road; take me to the airport or Cotonou or throw me inside a vessel and take me through the Atlantic Ocean. But I am not going to let that happen.”

 

Last week, a US court ruled that Kashamu’s drug trial must continue.

Ogun PDP factions expel Buruji Kashamu, Gbenga Daniel.

The festering crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, over the weekend, saw two factions of the party engage in counter actions that meant sacking each other’s leaders for alleged anti-party activities.

The faction led by Sikirulai Ogundele and loyal to former Governor Gbenga Daniel had on Friday announced the suspension of Buruji Kashamu, a Senator, and ?others, including Dayo Bayo, Pegba Otemolu, Semiu Shodipo, Fatai Adeyanju, Segun Seriki, Daisi Akitan, and Bowale Solaja.?

The exercise, the Daniel faction said, followed the report of a panel constituted in June to investigate allegations of financial improprieties and anti-party activities against the listed party chieftains.

“Based on the preliminary report of the panel however, submitted to the Executive committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ogun State Chapter, we found merit in the allegations and hereby adopt the report and findings of the Panel which include recommendation to suspend the above mentioned,” said a statement by Mr. Ogundele on Friday.

The statement added that the accused persons refused to honour several invitations by the panel to respond to allegations of misapplication and outright diversion of party funds.

But in a counter action, the faction loyal to Mr. Kashamu, held a press conference on Saturday to announce the sacking of Mr. Daniel and a member of the House of Representatives, Ladi Adebutu.

The chairman of the Daniel faction, Mr. Ogundele, and Tolu Bankole were also affected by the counter exercise carried out by the Kashamu faction chaired by Bayo Dayo.

“These charlatans that have now become an embarrassment and huge nuisance to the party are not acting solo, they are being promoted and sponsored by Hon. Ladi Adebutu whose inordinate and desperate desire to contest for the office of Governor in 2019 have made him go berserk and reckless in the pursuit of that asinine mission, even when the time for such is not ripe.

“Ladi Adebutu is also not acting alone as he clearly does not have the intelligence and capacity to orchestrate the degree of political subterfuge he has soaked himself in, but he is being aided and guided by the big masquerade in Sagamu, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, whose dwindling political relevance and desire to grab from the wealth of Chief Adebutu Kessignton has made him surrender leadership to the little Ladi,” said Mr. Dayo, speaking for Mr. Kashamu’s faction.

He said the affected politicians could not appeal the verdict as they had become “cancerous” to the party.
The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission accepted candidates from Mr. Daniel’s faction for the last local government elections in the state.

The ruling APC in the state eventually won all the chairmanship seats.

Candidates loyal to Mr. Kashamu’s faction were rejected following a court order.

Appeal Court Upholds Kashamu’s Victory

Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan on Monday set aside tribunal judgment and declared Senator Buruji Kashamu of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), winner of Ogun East Senatorial District seat.

 
Kashamu had challenging the judgment of the tribunal delivered in Abeokuta by Justice Tobi Ebiowel that ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election in 110 polling units in the district.
Mr Dapo Abiodun of All Progressives Congress (APC), had challenged the declaration of Kashamu by INEC at the tribunal as the winner in the senatorial election of March 28.

 
The Court of Appeal chaired by Justice A.G. Mshelia, unanimously agreed that Abiodun did not lay a credible foundation for the admissibility of the documents tendered to the tribunal.

 
Mshelia said the tribunal was wrong for laying emphasis on the documents tendered by Abiodun and using it as a basis for nullification of election of some polling units.

 
He, however, nullified the judgment of the tribunal and declared Kashamu as the winner of the election

Kashamu: CJN Asks Appeal Court President To Probe Ogun Election Tribunal

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has directed the president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, to investigate the conduct of the Ogun State National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal under the chairmanship of Justice Ebiowei Tobi.
This was contained in a letter dated November 19, 2015 with reference number NJC/ETD/B60/S.1/X1/955 by the CJN to the Appeal Court president.

 
The directive followed a petition written by the senator representing Ogun East at the National Assembly, Mr. Buruji Kashamu, alleging miscarriage of justice in the case instituted against his election by Mr. Dapo Abiodun, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the March 28, 2015 National Assembly election.

 
The CJN wrote in the letter, “I forward herewith a petition dated October 29, 2015 by Senator Buruji Kashamu against the Ogun State National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal under the chairmanship of Hon. Justice Ebiowei Tobi for your necessary actions, please.”

In the petition, Kashamu had said: “Upon receiving the certified true copy of the judgment after it was delivered, I found, to my utmost surprise, that the tribunal members ignored the facts of the case before them and descended into the arena.

“A careful perusal of the judgment vis-à-vis the pleadings of the petitioners showed that 91 out of the 110 polling units that the tribunal nullified were not even pleaded by the petitioners let alone evidence being led to them!
“Upon a study of the judgment, I discovered that the tribunal in a desperate attempt to assist the APC cancelled the result of 110 polling units many of which were not part of the polling units challenged by APC. Had the APC complained about these polling units in their petition, my lawyers would have been in a position to provide evidence in respect of those polling units.

“I was shocked because I am aware that the tribunal has no power to cancel polling units, which were not challenged in the petition before it.
“I was however more shocked when I discovered that the entries that the tribunal used in the judgment as the basis for its decision that there were irregularities and discrepancy in the scores of the parties in the INEC Forms EC8A (II) and EC8B (II) did not emanate from the result sheets and voters registers submitted to the tribunal in evidence.”
Kashamu, who expressed his confidence in the anti-corruption stance of the CJN, said he wrote to lodge the complaint about the conduct of the members of the tribunal and to request that the CJN use his good offices to carry out a thorough investigation of the matter and to ensure that anyone found culpable was prosecuted.

Kashamu’s Drug Case: Judge Vows Not To ‘Hands Off’

A judge of the Federal High Court in Lagos, Justice Ibrahim Buba, has refused to disqualify himself from adjudicating on a suit filed by Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Senator Kashamu wants the court to restrain the Federal Government from seizing his properties over drug trafficking allegations.

 

He sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Attorney-General of the Federation from taking possession of his properties

 

‘Hands Off’

Justice Buba had earlier restrained the NDLEA from arresting or extraditing Kashamu to the United States of America, where he is allegedly wanted.

 

But the NDLEA asked the judge to ‘hands off’ the trial.? It said since Justice Buba, on June 23, reaffirmed a May 27 order by Justice Okon Abang of the same court stopping Kashamu’s arrest, he might not be fair in the case.

 

The Agency claimed the injunction amounted to preventing federal agencies from discharging their constitutional duties.

 

The NDLEA also asked the judge to withdraw from the case on the basis that he might not reach a different conclusion in the fresh case having ruled in Kashamu’s favour once.

 

It requested that the case file be returned to the Chief Judge, Justice Ibrahim Auta, for reassignment to another judge.

 

Refusing the application, Justice Buba said he would not shy away from deciding a case merely because of an unsubstantiated accusation of bias.? He dismissed the application, saying it lacked merit.

 

Meanwhile, Senator Kashamu has alleged that there was a move by the NDLEA and AGF to seize his property, including a 24-flat housing estate at Egbe and several hectares of land on Lekki Peninsula, Lagos.

 

According to him, he acquired the property, which he said was worth 20 billion Naira, by dint of hard work and through his legitimate business.

 

He said contrary to the NDLEA’s claims, the property were not proceeds of drug trafficking.

 

Mr Kashamu’s application would be heard by the court on Wednesday.

 

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NANS honors Kashamu with “Golden Man Of The Year” award

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has honored the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Prince Buruji Kashamu with a “Golden Man Of The Year.”

 

Presenting the award to the Senator in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State, NANS National President, Comrade Tijani Usman, said the National Outstanding Leadership Awards were usually conferred on leaders with demonstrable impact on the lives of their followers.

 

Usman said Senator Kashamu won the “Golden Man of the Year” award because of his untiring, exemplary and compassionate leadership style.

 

“We decided to honour Senator Kashamu because we know that he is neither the richest businessman nor politician in Nigeria, yet we constantly hear of his philanthropic gestures to Nigerians of all shades and colours, especially the less-privileged. We are fascinated at his large-heartedness even in the face of needless distractions. We reckon that if all wealthy Nigerians are like Senator Kashamu, the country will be a better place for us all. That is why we decided to encourage him by giving him this award,” Usman said.

 

 

 

Responding, Senator Kashamu thanked the students’ body for the honour and promised not to rest on his oars in doing good, adding that, “I have seen the Lord’s goodness, His mercies and compassion. So, it is clear to me that the only way I can continually show Him appreciation is to continue to touch as many lives as I can with whatever He gives me.”

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Other leaders of the national students’ body who graced the occasion included the Senate President, Comrade Roys Osai; the Deputy Senate President, Comrade Segun Famuyi and National Director of Student Mobilisation and Welfare, Comrade Ayosile Okunowo, among others.

FG Challenges Order Barring Arrest Of Buruji Kashamu

The Federal Government has instituted two appeals before the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal against the orders of the Federal High Court barring security agencies in the country from arresting and commencing extradition proceedings against Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Two judges of the Federal High Court, Justice Okon Abang and Justice Ibrahim Buba had in separate rulings nullified the provisional warrant of arrest obtained by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) against the Senator representing Ogun-East.

The judges had also restrained the NDLEA from arresting and arraigning Kashamu in furtherance of moves to extradite him to the United States of America to face drug related offences.

In one of the appeals, the Federal Government argued that the court cannot fetter the hands of security or prosecuting agencies in the lawful discharge of their functions.

In the second appeal, the government submitted that from a careful scrutiny of the case, it was clear that the lower courts aided Kashamu to abuse the processes of the court.

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Indicted Drug Dealer Now A Senator?

A man indicted in America for allegedly smuggling heroin has been elected a senator in Nigeria. Buruji Kashamu was little known before he returned home in 2003 from Britain despite a U.S. extradition order to become a major financier of President Goodluck Jonathan’s party.

Election results posted late Wednesday identify Kashamu as a senator-elect in southwest Ogun state. Opponents are challenging his victory in court, saying ballots were rigged.

Kashamu, 56, hung up the phone twice when the AP called for comment about the drug case on Thursday. Kashamu has said he is “a clean businessman” and that the 1998 indictment by a grand jury in the Northern District of Illinois for conspiracy to import and distribute heroin in the United States is a case of mistaken identity. He has said Chicago prosecutors really want the dead brother he closely resembles.

A British court refused a U.S. extradition request in 2003 over uncertainty about Kashamu’s identity. Chicago Judge Richard Posner thought otherwise when he refused a motion to dismiss Kashamu’s case last year.

A dozen people were long ago tried and jailed in the case, including American Piper Kerman, whose memoir about her jail time became the Netflix hit “Orange Is The New Black.” Kerman’s book never identified Kashamu by name, but there is a West African drug kingpin whom she calls “Alhaji,” meaning one who has completed the haj or pilgrimage to Mecca.

A Nigerian federal court last year ordered Kashamu’s extradition, an order upheld by an appeals court. But Nigeria’s government has not extradited him.

That failure caused Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president, to warn that “drug barons … will buy candidates, parties and eventually buy power or be in power themselves.”

Jonathan’s perceived protection of Kashamu was a factor that led Obasanjo to defect from the ruling party before recent elections to the opposition that won most votes in Ogun, the home state of Kashamu and Obasanjo.

Kashamu is suing Obasanjo for libel for stating that Kashamu is a fugitive from U.S. justice. He had won a court order halting publication of Obasanjo’s autobiography but a judge this week rescinded it, saying Kashamu had misled the court. Obasanjo’s lawyer argued that the truth cannot be libel.

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, a former military dictator who had people jailed for littering in the 1980s, has promised to fight corruption. That has many politicians fearful in a country where corruption is endemic.

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