A Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and other security agencies from arresting and extraditing Buruji Kashamu to the US to answer to drug trafficking offences leveled against him.
Mr. Kashamu has been confined to house arrest since Saturday by operatives of the NDLEA in his Lekki, Lagos residence with the intention of arresting, and commencing the extradition of the man suspected to have ran a drug cartel in the US about 20 years ago.
The court presided over by Justice Okon Abang, declared as illegal, the arrest and extradition of Kashamu in relation to drug-trafficking allegations from which he had been exonerated by two British courts.
The court also held that having earlier obtained a judgment in Nigeria in January 2014 barring his arrest and extradition and the judgment having not been set aside, Buruji Kashamu, who has been elected into the senate, could not be arrested and extradited.
The judge awarded a cost in the sum of N20,000 against the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the Attorney General of the Federation, the National Security Adviser to the President, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.