The Senate has reportedly ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to stop harassing Senator Buruji Kashamu over allegations of drug peddling.
It order was said to have been given by the Red Chamber of the National Assembly following a petition by Kashamu’s counsel, Ajibola Oluyede, which he forwarded to the Senate’s committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition.
In the petition, it was alleged that the NDLEA is planning to abduct the senator and extradite him to the United States on charges of drug trafficking.
According to Oluyede, the plan which is coded ‘rendition plot’, had always been used by the US government against fugitives or terrorists, stressing that Kashamu does is neither a fugitive nor a terorist.
The counsel particular accused the immediate past Chairman of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, of being behind plot.
He said, “We have it on good authority that the former Chairman of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, who is now a special assistant on narcotics to the Attorney General of the Federation , is hell bent in achieving what he failed to illegally achieve against our client, Buruji Kashamu.
“Specifically, whistle blowers within the agency, had informed us that abduction plan against our client is being perfected, the reason why we are here before you to call the agency to order, since competent court of jurisdiction had ruled against such harassment and plots in May last year.
“The NDLEA under Giade on the 23rd of May last year invaded the Lagos residence of Senator Buruji Kashamu on the same phantom allegation but asked to vacate the place by the Federal High Court in Lagos on the 27th of the same month, with ruling that “Nigeria had no business operating with foreign government against Kashamu on matters that had been adjudicated upon years back in favour of the senator”.
The Deputy Chairman of the committee, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, condemned the alleged NDLEA plot, saying it is tantamount to disregard to the rule of law, given that a competent court had rule against Kashamu’s extradition to the US.
In view of the legal status between Kashamu and federal government, Na’Allah said the agency should discontinue any move against the senator in the mean time.
The committee chairman, Senator Samuel Anyanwu told the NDLEA officials present to maintain status quo pending completion of thorough investigation into the allegation.
Reacting to the fresh NDLEA, Kashamu told journalists that he had never travelled to the United States before, insisting that it was a case of mistaken identity, which had been adjudicated upon by a court of competent jurisdiction in the United Kingdom in his favour.
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