A PDP chieftain, Mr. Buruji Kashamu, had his home surrounded on Saturday, May 23, 2015 by agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency over his contested extradition to the US.
Several operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, stormed Kashamu’s home but did not arrest him, at present he appears to have been placed under house arrest.
Mr. Buruji Kashamu has given a statement on the siege.
He said it was the handiwork of a member of his party, Bode George, and his wife Roli, who is the head of the NDLEA.
In the statement signed by Kashamu’s media aide, Austin Oniyokor, he said “this latest onslaught is a confirmation of the alleged plot to illegally abduct him in spite of the pending suit against this illegality”.
“The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) this morning (Saturday,23rd May, 2015) at about 4:30am surrounded the Lekki Phase 1, Lagos residence of Prince Buruji Kashamu to allegedly effect his arrest following a purported extradition request from the US.
“This latest onslaught is a confirmation of the alleged plot to illegally abduct him in spite of the pending suit against this illegality. As a matter of fact, the court has ordered parties in the matter including the NDLEA to maintain status quo until judgment is delivered on Wednesday 27th May 2015.
“We have confirmed that they do not have a warrant of arrest, just as the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice has said that it did not give any order to carry out this illegality,” the statement said.
Kashamu said he had “confirmed that this illegality is being designed and executed by Chief Bode George whose wife is the Director General of the NDLEA, all in a bid to score cheap political points.”
“Nigeria is not a Banana republic! The United States (US) being the bastion of democracy, the rule of law and due process should not lend itself to this kind of illegality,” the statement said.