Buruji Kashamu accuses U.S. Judiciary of racism, vows to fight on

A leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu, has accused the United States judiciary of racism, vowing to fight on until he gets justice after a U.S. court ruled that Mr. Kashamu be prosecuted for drug trafficking.

A U.S. Court of Appeal had on September 15 dismissed an appeal filed by Mr. Kashamu seeking to quash his indictment for smuggling drugs into the U.S.

The court upheld an earlier ruling, in May, by a U.S. District Court which equally dismissed the motion filed by Mr. Kashamu, a close ally of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“I wish to provide an update to Nigerians on my efforts to obtain justice within the U.S. judicial system in regard to the false indictment made against me in the U.S. Courts, which the British courts have cleared me from unequivocally,” Mr. Kashamu said, Thursday, in his first reaction to the appellate court’s decision.

“As many may recall I had to take the battle to the U.S. authorities in their own country because, despite the British judgment and the defeats they have suffered in their attempts to place a false accusation on me they have neither attempted to extradite me again nor withdrawn the charges,” he added.

Mr. Kashamu and 14 others were, in 1998, charged by a federal grand jury for their alleged involvement in an international conspiracy to smuggle heroin into the US.

But the politician, a major campaigner for President Jonathan in the South West, allegedly fled to the U.K. where repeated efforts by the U.S. to extradite him failed, before he returned to Nigeria.

In the decision on the appeal by Circuit Judge Posner noted that Mr. Kashamu did not want to be extradited to the U.S. to stand trial on the “very serious criminal charges” against him.’

In 2009, Mr. Kashamu had, through a local counsel in the U.S., filed a motion to quash the arrest warrant and to dismiss the indictment against him on the ground that the English court had found that he was not the one charged with smuggling drugs into the U.S.

“In that application to dismiss the indictment I requested that the findings and Conclusions of District Judge Tim Workman of the Bow Street Magistrates Court in London, be given collateral estoppel status by the U.S. court and his findings and conclusions be made conclusive on the issue of whether or not I was a party to the alleged crime,” said Mr. Kashamu.

“District Judge Norgle before whom the indictment was pending refused the application after ruling that I was not a fugitive from justice in the U.S.”

Charles Norgle of the U.S. District Court, in his decision, last May, had held that Mr. Kashamu had done everything within his power, including document forgery as well as political pressure, to frustrate his trial in the U.S.

“Kashamu’s actions in the London extradition proceeding created a paper and testimonial trail that his brother, and not himself, was the defendant charged in the instant case,” Judge Norgle had said in his 17-page ruling.

“Kashamu’s ability to manipulate Nigerian officials, or at least his ability to create forged documents, was also apparent from the proceedings. This maneuvering, and the wall of protection Kashamu built around himself, made it clear that efforts to extradite Kashamu from Nigeria would be futile.

“It was testimony and evidence produced by the Nigerian government which led to Kashamu’s release in England. Furthermore, Kashamu’s status as a political figure in Nigeria and his relationship with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan likewise suggest that an extradition attempt would have been futile,” the judge had added.

It was the Judge Norgle’s ruling that Mr. Kashamu had gone to the U.S. Court of Appeal to challenge.

The appellate court’s decision, last Monday, upheld that of the lower court.

“If he wants to fight the charges, he has only to fly from Lagos to Chicago; there are loads of reasonably priced flights….,” said Judge Posner.

“How then can he argue with a straight face that the failure of the United States to extradite him entitles him to dismissal of the charges? He can’t; and the petition for a writ of mandamus is therefore denied.”

Mr. Kashamu accused the judge of making some wide-ranging generalized statements, which were not borne out by the records.

“In that judgment Judge Posner held that the decision of the English Courts were not equivalent to that of the U.S. courts and so could not be regarded as binding on the U.S. courts,” Mr. Kashamu said.

“However, as the lawyers noted, U.S. courts expect their judgments to be treated better by foreign courts,” he added.


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  • Andybest

    Jonathan nd his rog. Obj offer to u.

  • Gbo_lee

    When Obasanjo said this about Kashamu,they said it was a lie. A wanted man runs to Nigeria and is living as a Pdp chief financer. Not new about the Pdp anyway…we know the kind of people they have as members

    • Shola

      Tinubu is also guilty, if not by us courts, by conscience, but he leads a party in Nigeria

      • sanetalk

        Enough of these nonsense about Tinubu, if you have any evidence to nail him then produce it, we can’t live on hearsay and beer parlour gossips. His main foe, the FG controls all the investigative instruments such as EFCC, Police, Code of Conduct et all yet none has indicted him, the trial by the code of conduct tribunal only ended up in shoring up his image. It is becoming clear that all the unsubstantiated allegations are meant to whittle down his influence and thereby weaken the opposition. And why bring his name into this matter anyway

        • Shola

          Because we are talking politics, bro. He was cleared by the code of conduct tribunal, perhaps because he sold south west votes to GEJ in 2011. He bought that judgment and sound minds know that. He was a drug baron and he knows that. His conscience finds him guilty and indicts him always; you know what? It is worse than the US courts, because the US court’s sentence can be served but his conscience’s own is a life jail.

          • deji

            Tinubu just came back from an overseas trip. Can Kashamu step out of Nigeria? Who is a drug baron now ?

          • Shola

            Tinubu is and we know

          • deji

            You know becuase you helped him to carry drug? Tinubu just came back from an overseas trip. Can Kashamu step out of Nigeria?

          • Shola

            If a thief steals and escapes, it doesn’t make him a non-thief.

          • deji

            How come Tinubu can travel to wherever he wants but Kashamu cannot? Biafran go home, you are not a Nigerian.

          • Onike24

            Tinubu goes to America, regularly and he actually does not keep a low profile.

          • Onike24

            Drug baron? That is a new one

          • I Hate Sycophant Truly

            Why do you like shooting yourself on the foot? “bcos he sold south west votes to GEJ in 2011”. You mean, that was why he was not indicted? You must be a joker that need urgent Ebola medicine to cure your Ebola migraine. You mean no matter your level of sin, if you’re identify with GEJ your sin would be forgiven? Ummmmmmm!

          • sanetalk

            You stand reminds me of the mob in Julius Caesar who were looking to kill Sinner the cobbler but met Sinner the Poet, when he identified himself the mob, because they had been primed to kill decided he should die for his bad verses. It serves your purpose that Tinubu should be found guilty so there is no point joining issues with you but just know that many of us can see through the deceit and unfounded stories

      • Usman

        let him and Tinubu go to US, then we will know who is guilty and otherwise

      • I Hate Sycophant Truly

        But Tinubu has been traveling all day long and he has not been arrested. He just came in today from one trip. Remember, he also finished his tertiary education from the same Chicago. Poor you! a man that turn himself to a woman. No wonder Amaechi called Mbu woman’s puppet. Abi you’re one?

    • Jujubeans

      yes..he’s in good company with the rest of the PDP…. thieves, murderers and now drug dealers…

  • Abel Wariboko

    It will be wise for Pdp to distance itself while he fights his battles.the fact that he is in Pdp does not mean that he cannot be punished when he commits an offence.

    • Tonnero

      If PDP starts distancing itself from every thief in their midst, there will be nobody left in the party o!

  • Adoki

    “If he wants to fight the charges, he has only to fly from Lagos to Chicago; there are loads of reasonably priced flights,” – Judge Posner

    • Shola

      That judge must be high in cheap crack.

      • Anonymous11443

        Yeah,supplied by Buruji Kashamu the drug baron. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Tonnero

          Really good one.

  • Shola

    Move to the supreme court. After all rivers governor got a last minute judgement in a soigne court in Nigeria. Instead of your brothers in Nigeria to rally round you, they are shamelessly mocking you because of your support for Goodluck, but you should have known our betraying nature by now. Just move on. If they refuse, leave us for them. It is just one country

    • Andybest

      U are a disgrace, rally round evil,did u know discomfort dis people cause of a Nigeria outside dere, did he support Jonathan out of conviction or coz of his selfish interest.

      • Shola

        Mumu

    • Usman

      you are also a drug pusher like him, birds of the same feather

      • Shola

        I don’t reply jihadists. Face your Front

        • Tonnero

          So who is the bigot now? You see Usman as a name and you immediately assume he is a jihadist! And yet you call others bigots.

          • abeem

            I see, it is a case of the kettle calling the pot black. And you’ve pinned him to a wall! The Shola guy should remove the log in his own eyes and them he will clearly see to remove the speck in another person’s eye.

        • Usman

          thank God I don’t wonder around countries selling drugs and buying arms, why did you replied?

    • deji

      Ibo man, answer ya papa name. Be proud of your heritage.

      • Shola

        Is Kashamu an Igbo man? Punk! Only fools are bigots

        • deji

          Oloribu, je oru ko baba re. How many Yoruba do you see defending Kashamu here? Only Yibos defend crooks. It is in your nature.

          • Shola

            I have told you before that only fools are bigots. Why not face the issue and leave where I am from? Is Kashamu an Igbo man? Useless bigot

          • deji

            It sucks to be you. You are not even proud to tell us where you come from. Only a bast*rd uses the left finger to point to his father’s house. Kashamu is not Igbo but Yorubas are not proud of him. Only Ibos like yourself are proud of a criminal like Kashamu. Can you see the difference between us now?

          • Tonnero

            word….

    • Tonnero

      They are not mocking him because of his support for Jonathan even though very few decent people support Jonathan. He is being mocked because he is a bloody thief like 90% of Dumbo’s friends.

  • Usman

    naive, US isn’t Nigeria that you will intimidate them with racism accusations, tribal or religious differences, you will eventually pay for your deed

  • deji

    I am offering to pay for Kashamu flights from Lagos to the US, that is if money is the problem.

    • chidi martins

      deji i thought u were dead? ok welcome back to d land of d living.

  • Thompson |Ighalo

    The issue is quite simple to me. Kashamu has not been convicted, the ruling is for him to face trial and based on the proceedings, he may now be declared innocent or guilty. Running from facing trial raises a lot of questions. Why run, when you have been given the opportunity to state your side of the story. Why run from an opportunity to clear your name? Does not make sense. We all know that the US has one of the judicial systems in the world. The proper thing to do is to face trial and plead his innocence. shikena

    • Chris1408

      True talk my brother, if he flies to US to plead his case, Shekau will leave Sambisa forest to plead Boko Haram case in Onitsha.

    • Shola

      But he is still going about it the legit way. He is seeking to quash his indictment. When and after he fails to do that, might decide to go there and face justice. The issue is that, when you think that you should not face judgment in the first place, you have the right to contest. We should allow him face his problem, his own way. At least applying to quash his indictment doesn’t mean running away from justice. It means facing justice his own way. How many of us would want to be arrested, probably handcuffed and thrown into detention, even for a day for a crime we are sure we never committed. Everybody would want to clear his name first, if possible than facing such humiliation. He has the choice of shunning America, but he chose to contest his indictment. I think that is commendable.

      • Victor Okon Esin

        True….and Premium excluded the part where Kashamu said he has never been to the US

        • Shola

          Don’t mind them. Their stock in trade is deceiving the gullible public.

          • Tonnero

            Please stop using Thatcher’s picture. She was never known for suffering f00ls gladly.

        • Anonymous11443

          He was in Chicago.He used to attend all the Owanbe parties in Chicago spraying money all over the place.I know Buruji Kashamu in Chicago.The gist among Nigerians then was that he deals in drug.

          • Victor Okon Esin

            Fake and unprovable gist. we asked the FBI for evidence and to date, they have not responded with evidence but statements

        • Anonymous11443

          When Buruji Kashamu was in Chicago he was bearing another name.

        • I Hate Sycophant Truly

          Another person will soon tell you he found your great grandma in the market and I’m sure you will believe it. Pls tell me another story.

        • Tonnero

          And that it was his brother. Bearing the same name, I also have the moon to sell to you.

          • Denis_NG

            ..and that his brother has conveniently passed on, no be so? Kashamu is a liar and no intelligent soul believes him. he has two choices: Either remain in Nigeria and be throwing all sort of tantrums against the U.S. judicial system that refuses to fall for his facade, or go to the United States and prove his case. If truly he believes it was his brother, only him has the evidence to that effect and he should come to the States bearing those evidence.

  • MINT65

    Even here in Nigeria very few people believe Kashamu. He can run but cannot hide…I will not be surprised if he is arrested by the same mobile policemen that guard him and flown straight to Chicago. He could ask Charles Taylor. Sadly our politics in Nigeria accommodates all sorts of shady characters both in the PDP and in the APC.

  • Thompson |Ighalo

    Face the problem his own way. Well!! If and when he exhaust the legal process for quashing the indictment, he should proceed to face trial .This would not have been necessary if he had stayed in the US instead of shuttling to the UK in the first place.

  • Countryman

    The man is afraid to go their because any thing can happen, it is no like Nigeria where money changed hand. Well he can arrange with some one to help him fight the matters over there or apply on line legal aid so that his legal counsel will be doing every thing on his behalf. Is just like former gov. Ibori’s certificate forging case whom he said was his twins brother. OBJ once said it but many did not see reason with him because of political interest. Any way, we are still watching the outcome.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Why must they drag GEJ into Kashamu’s travails

    • Truthometer

      Because he is GEJ’s best friend, despite Kashamu’s criminal profile.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        When did they become friends. After or before he committed the alleged crime. By the way who show am to jon ah Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Tonnero

          List of Jonah’s friends: Alams, Anenih, Akpabio, Adamu Muazu, Ayo Fayose, Modu Sheriff, Fani Kayode, Asari Dokubo, Omisore, Odili……I am sure you get the drift.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Which drift ? The list is made up of respectable Nigerians who were done in by ….. Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • King Carlos

      You will get sense one day, tell your useless president to pick his friends wisely.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        If you are a subject of a useless president, then you are useless as well Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • endingNaija

      because Goodluck Jonathan appointed him the leader of PDP campaign for PDP and his own presidential bid in 2015. And kashamu has been doing well for Goodluck Jonathan 2015 campaign by distributing kerosene to voters-abi?

      • BlackieUmukoro

        At what point did they come in contact and who made it possible
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • endingNaija

          Kashamu the drug baron is the person President Jonathan appointed to lead the PDP and his own 2015 campaign in the Western part of Nigeria. And Kashamu is doing this job- given to him by his employer Goodluck Jonathan- very well by distributing bottles of cooking kerosene to voters!-PeeedeeePeee-Pawa! Drug and Kerosene Pawa!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            You refused to give an answer to my innocent question
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            I said President Goodluck Jonathan EMPLOYED the alleged DRUG BARON Kashamu to campaign for him for his re-election 2015. And that Kashamu has ben OBEDIENTLY carrying out his job description for Oga President Jonathan by DISTRIBUTING COOKING KEROSENE TO VOTERS AHEAD OF 2015 ELECTIONS. And another writer has informed that President Jonathan’s chief campaigner in the Western part of the country Kashamu, the DRUG BARON also distributes Kashamu rice to voters in the Western part of the country. What else do you need to know bro BlackieUmu ati bro redeem?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            You think you can commit suicide on a tomatoes tree. When did they become friends. Answer that first Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Anonymous11443

            He also distributed “Kashamu Rice “bought from Thailand on behalf of ogogoro Jonathan and PDP.

  • Anonymous11443

    I dare you Buruji Kashamu,take the next plane to the USA.I will pay for your ticket.I will put you in first class.

    • Tonnero

      In fact, we will charter Oritsejafor’s plane for him.

    • babaplay

      Pls don’t waste your money on him help me instead, cause he might end up in jail and profit nothing.

    • Victor Okon Esin

      real men dont hide their identities. so who will believe your acclaimed story when you cant be identified? i dare you

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    All the issues OBJ raised now coming to manifestation. Two gone and more in the pipelines. This Baba is a witch.

    • King Carlos

      We have to listen to obasanjo, he has more to say. Obasanjo is too brave and strong to be making cheap political lies. He tells the facts now that he’s in abeokuta.

      • I Hate Sycophant Truly

        Baba is a somebody that doesn’t keep quiet when he sees something. When he saw, he speaks. When he wrote that letter last year, many people were abusing him and calling him unpritable names, now two of what he wrote about have come to manifestation. Let’s keep finger cross for expectation, either bad or good. But we wish for the latter.

  • King Carlos

    Until Nigerians realize that some of the solutions to our problems lies in Obasanjo’s hands, he could be likened to “witch that has been exposed and is prepared to reveal everything”

    Obasanjo has shown to us that he’s ready to be a whistle blower, all he needs is just our listening ears. Not caring about the implications, he accused a sitting president of having a killer squad, and now the same president’s boys were caught trying to buy arms illegally. He told us about Kashamu too, but we shrugged it off as a political vituperation.

    I believe obasanjo still has many things to tell us, he clearly regrets some his actions and obviously, he’s not happy with the way Nigeria is being run, so baba wants to right his wrongs, he doesn’t want to end up like Abacha.

    • Tonnero

      Do not allow yourself to fall for those who hate OBJ and will never see anything good in him. They are like the Pharisees who saw nothing good in Jesus. While not perfect and while his style is decidedly unpolished, what exactly did anyone say OBJ did? Here is a man who has come in twice, left indelible marks and always wants all ethnic groups to belong, His reforms from power to oil and gas, from insurance to telecommunications, from health to pensions are still what the dumbo in charge is still unable to complete (7 years later for power) and sometimes has even damaged. Pray, what EXACTLY did OBJ do wrong?

      • King Carlos

        I also believe obasanjo meant well ny making yaradua president. He knew he was gonna be an honest leader, better than ebola Jonathan

  • endingNaija

    Mr. Kashamu please stop this ranting. This is 21st century. Wake up. We have passed the stage where you will simply throw something up and spin it as racism. Which racism? Do you know what? The BEST way for you to clear yourself is to go to the American embassy in Lagos. Apply for a Visa to the US. Go to the US and CLEAR yourself. Please we are not dealing with a situation where a whole Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor will allow his plane to engage in Illegality in South Africa and will still go ahead to spin it with strong support from the Presidency of Goodluck Jonathan. So please keep your trash about racism to yourself and go to the US and clear yourself. If you do not do this YOU STAND ACCUSED IN THE FACE OF THE LAW-period. That is the way of the modern and civilised world and not the way of the jungle as practised by you and your party-PDP.

    • Thepeople

      Correct and straight to the point. Some of these politicians judge the rest of us with same low level of intelligence as they have including our President. Money is not equal to intelligence, critical thinking or knowledge unless in Nigeria.

  • Ade#

    The man is jittery, he knows imminent defeat awaits PDP, which translate into a free ride for him to the USA to face justice

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