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Kashamu: FG demands fresh US request for extradition suit

The Federal Government will soon file a fresh extradition proceeding against the lawmaker representing Ogun East in the National Assembly, Senator Buruji Kashamu, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.

The development is as a result of the May 4, 2018 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, dismantling the restraining orders of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court earlier obtained by the federal lawmaker.

The restraining orders of the Federal High Court in Lagos formed the ground for the July 1, 2015 decision of the Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss the earlier extradition proceedings instituted against the serving senator.

Sources at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja told our correspondent on Friday that the suit would be filed as soon as the United States of America sent a fresh request for the extradition of the senator.

Kashamu is said to be on the wanted list of the US government over his alleged involvement in illicit drug activities.

The ministry sources explained that the US government would need to make a formal request because the earlier one had been overtaken by events since it was used to institute the earlier proceedings, which the court dismissed on July 1, 2015.

They explained that the old request would have been useful if the former extradition suit was merely struck out and not dismissed.

Our correspondent learnt on Friday that the Central Authority Unit, which is the department of the Federal Ministry of Justice that deals with extradition issues, had promptly written to the US government on the issue following the latest court verdict.

Punch, May 13, 2018

 

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