Update: Court Bars ALL Nigerian Security Agencies From “Unlawfully” Arresting, Extraditing Kashamu

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The Federal High Court in Lagos
has barred the Nigerian Police, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the
State Security Service, and the Nigerian Customs Service from arresting and
extraditing to the United States wanted Ogun-East senator-elect, Buruji
Kashamu, for trial over drug related offences.
This ruling was pronounced this
morning by Justice Okon Abang who ordered
that all aforementioned agencies must comply with the letters of the
Extradition Act if they must arrest or extradite the fugitive lawmaker-elect. 

He however said that the court would not stop the police or NDLEA from its
investigations or possible arrest and extradition of Mr. Kashamu but that must be done within the ambiance of the extradition act.
Kashamu had filed a fundamental
right suit against the ‎Inspector General of Police, NDLEA, SSS, the Attorney
General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Nigeria Customs, the
Nigeria Immigration Service, and the Chairman of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade.
 “The respondents cannot be perpetually
restrained from arresting the applicants but are restrained from unlawful
arrest of the applicant without compliance to the provision of the extradition
act,” the judge said .

The judge further ruled that the
Senator-elect be sworn in ‎as senator of the Federal Repubic of Nigeria by the
clerk of the National Assembly.

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