The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has begun the process of setting aside the order of a Federal High Court restraining the agency from proceeding with the extradition of Buruji Kashamu, who is wanted by the United States of America to answer to drug offences committed 21 years ago.
NDLEA in making another application to strike out the originating processes, is arguing that the ruling by Justice I. N. Buba was based on erroneous facts in the absence of the applicant and 2nd respondent.
A statement signed by NDLEA’s head of pubilc affiars, Mitchel Ofoyeju, said;
“The grounds of the application are that there is a valid request for Extradition of the Respondent/Applicant to the United States of America to face trial over conspiracy and unlawful importation of heroin into the United States of America. There is a valid and subsisting Provisional Warrant of Arrest for the arrest of the Respondent/Applicant.”
It further added that “The suit in which the Court was moved to make an Order directing the Applicant/2nd Respondet (NDLAEA) to withdraw from the residence of the Respondent/Applicant (Buruji kashamu) was heard in contravention of the right of the Applicant/2nd Respondent to be heard in the matter as it was never given the opportunity to defend himself.”
NDLEA’s application filed by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation will be heard on date yet to be fixed.