Nigerian Senate orders NDLEA to desist from harassing Senator Kashamu

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

The Nigerian Senate has ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to stop any further harassment of Senator Buruji Kashamu over alleged drug related offence said to have been committed in the United States of America.

Senate’s order followed a petition forwarded to its committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions by Senator Kashamu’s lawyer, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede.

In the petition, Oluyede alleged that there was fresh plan to abduct the embattled senator by the drug law enforcement agency.

He alleged that based on information obtained from whistle blowers within the agency, plans had reached advance stage to kidnap the Senator with a view to taking him to the United States of America for trial on phantom charges of drug trafficking.

Oluyede further said that, the plan, coded ‘rendition plot’, was always used by the American government against fugitives or terrorists, saying that Kashamu did not fall into any of these categories.

He explained that the person behind the plot was the immediate past Chairman of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, who according to him, having failed in achieving such illegal action against Kashamu during his tenure through court pronouncements, now wanted to achieve it as Special Assistant on Narcotics to the Attorney- General of the Federation ( AGF), Mr. Ibrahim Malami  .

“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 on 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”,
he explained.

Although the Deputy Chairman of the committee, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah described the said whistle blowers within NDLEA as internal conspirators, he however, said it was wrong for the agency to be carrying out any of its operations without regard for the rule of law, since such alleged plots had been ruled against in the court of law.

He further stated that based on facts on ground, the senate reasoned along with the petitioner by frowning against a situation where a public servant would refuse to obey pronouncement of court and that in view of the legal status between Kashamu and Federal Government, any purported plot against him by the agency should be discarded for now.

Thorough Investigation

In his position on the matter, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, urged the NDLEA officials present, to maintain the status quo pending completion of thorough investigation into the allegation.

However, the NDLEA representative on behalf of the Chairman, Muhammad Abdallah, requested to be excused from the investigation since the matter was before the court of Appeal, while the Attorney General of the federation and former NDLEA boss, sent letters, asking for more time to appear before the committee.

The embattled senator Kashamu told journalists he had never in his life stepped his feet on the soil of the United State of America, let alone committing any crime there.

According to him, the case was purely one of mistaken identity that had already been adjudicated upon by competent court of jurisdiction in the United Kingdom in his favour after which he came back to Nigeria in 2003.

He lamented that it was his involvement in Nigerian politics that brought the recent ordeal to him, saying, If it is not because of politics, I wouldn’t have been facing this travail”.

 

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