Extradition: Court refuses to stop Kashamu’s arrest

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday refused to grant a fresh application by the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial district in the Senate, Buruji Kashamu, seeking to stop the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Police from arresting him to be extradited to the United States of America.

Justice Okon Abang, who is sitting as a vacation judge, agreed to hear the case during the ongoing vacation but held in a ruling that he could not grant the request which was made ex parte.

The judge ruled that the security agencies deserved to be served with the motion to enable them to show cause why the restraining injunction sought by the plaintiff should not be granted.

Kashamu’s counsel, Godswill Mrakpor, had asked the court to restrain the security agencies from arresting the senator.

Mrakpor urged the court to urgently hear the application during court’s vacation.

He had informed the court that the security agencies were acting based on a “politically-motivated petition” authored by Oladipupo Adebutu from Ogun State.

The Ogun East senator alleged that there were moves to arrest him and forcefully extradite him to the United States  to face drug-related charge.

He also claimed that his arrest would be in breach of orders contained in suit No FHC/ L/CS/49/2010 and suit no FHC/L/CS/508/2015 which both restrained the Federal Government from taking steps to extradite him.

Justice Abang then adjourned hearing of the suit till September 8.