We’ll follow due process to extradite Kashamu — NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has promised to follow due process in the extradition of US wanted senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu. 

It also said the agency never planned to abduct the fugitive lawmaker elect, wanted by the United States for alleged drug related offences.

“The mission of the NDLEA is not and has never been to abduct him, but to engage the extradition process,” Ofoyeju Mitchell, head public affairs‎ of NDLEA said in a statement on Friday. 

“The Agency is taking necessary steps to ensure that Mr. Kashamu will be available to stand trial on extradition charges as required by law.

“To this end, the NDLEA has a provisional warrant of arrest on him as well as a formal request for his extradition. The honourable thing for him to do is to submit to the due process of the law as pledged.”

The anti-narcotic agency had laid siege on Mr. Kashamu’s Lagos home last Saturday.

The agency said it pulled out its operatives from the house of Mr. Kashamu, who will represent Ogun East senatorial district in the Senate, in compliance with a court order. 

“The Agency withdrew from his house when it officially received a copy of the order from the court on Thursday May 28, 2015,” the NDLEA said. “Kashamu’s attorney also signed an undertaking to produce him in court for hearing.”

NDLEA maintained that it is not the end of the case, and said it had filed a formal extradition process at the Federal High Court and will follow due process of law while ensuring that national interest is balanced against the constitutional rights of Mr. Kashamu.

“The NDLEA wishes to reiterate that it would comply with all court orders and not forcefully abduct and take him to the United States for trial,” he said. “It is pertinent to state that the court did not prevent the Agency from embarking on extradition process against Mr. Kashamu.”

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