Court Halts AGF, NDLEA’s Alleged Moves To Extradite Kashamu
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) not to take any further steps in their alleged renewed plot to extradite Senator Buruji Kashamu to the United States.
Justice Babatunde Quadri gave the order on Tuesday while ruling on an ex-parte application filed by Kasamu, which was argued by his lawyer, J. O. Odubela (SAN).
Justice Quadri particularly ordered parties to maintain status quo pending the determination of the substantive suit filed by Kashamu.
The judge also granted the applicant leave to serve processes in relation to the suit, including the originating summons on NDLEA outside the jurisdiction of the court at 4 Shaw Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Odubela had, while arguing the application, said his client resorted to seeking the court’s protection upon being informed that the respondents have renewed plans to extradite his client to the US.
The lawyer said his client had been able to establish that the court needed to intervene to protect him.
He urged the court to restrain the defendants from abducting, arresting or detaining him with the intention to extradite him.
Urging the court to grant his client’s ex parte application on Tuesday, Odubela said without the court’s intervention, the senator’s rights would have been breached before the hearing of his substantive suit.
The lawyer also said, “We have shown that the applicant had even been tried in England and exonerated.
To prove that the Federal Government had started taking steps, Odubela tendered a a certified true copy of Punch newspaper of May 13, 2018, where it was reported that Federal Government had demanded fresh extradition request from the United States government.
In his ruling, Justice Quadri ordered parties to maintain status quo pending the determination of the substantive in line with the doctrine of lis pendis.
He adjourned the case till September 24 for the hearing of the substantive suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/530/18.
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