A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, to immediately vacate the Lagos residence of the senator-elect for Ogun East Senatorial District, Mr. Buruji Kashamu.
The NDLEA, operatives had laid siege on Kashamu’s residence in Lagos since Saturday, after it said that it had received a formal extradition request on Kashamu from the government of the United States of America.
The agency had said that it laid the seige preparatory to securing an extradition order from the court,but Justice Ibrahim Buba, in a bench ruling on Tuesday afternoon, pronounced the action of the NDLEA as subjudice.
Justice Buba subsequently ordered the men of the Nigerian police to ensure that NDLEA operatives vacate Kashamu’s premises “without a free for all.”
However,despite the Court order the NDLEA in a swift reaction through its Head Public Affairs, Mitchel Ofoyeju said the agency received a court order to vacate the residence and directed both the Attorney General of the Federation Mr Bello Adoke and Ahmed Gaide the NDLEA boss to appear In court.
According to Ofoyehu in s statement, the NDLEA did not believe any court would issue such warrant preventing any agency to perform its statutory role as drug trafficking law enforcement agency.
He disclosed that the agency will not withstanding any court order
continue to maintain its stand on monitoring the residence of the senator elect in preparations for his extradition after his appearance in court.
NDLEA ,he explained, “is prepared to continue to further increase its public rating and goodwill in the areas of suspect handling,respect for human rights and the rule of law.”
“In fact,we are ready to explore all legal means in handling this case to a logical conclusion ,”he said.
He repeated that the Nigerian Government had received request from the United States Government for the extradition of Prince Buruji Kashamu.”
“The US Government had also provided warrant of arrest on him contrary to what his attorney said that there was no warrant of arrest to effect their actions”, he further submitted.