Court dismisses fugitive senator Kashamu’s application against Premium Times

An Abeokuta High Court on Thursday dismissed an application by a senator, Buruji Kashamu, to initiate a contempt of court proceedings against PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Kashamu, wanted in the U.S. for drug related offences, made the application at the resumed hearing of his suit for defamation against a member of the House of Representatives, Ladi Adebutu.

At the hearing, Mr. Kashamu’s counsel, Raphael Oluyede, drew the attention of the court to a publication by this newspaper.

In the publication,  the lawyers representing Mr. Adebutu in the suit had alleged that an attempt was made on their lives after the court sitting by persons they linked to Mr. Kashamu.

The senator’s spokesperson, in the report, denied the allegation, describing it as laughable.

 Mr. Oluyede said the PREMIUM TIMES’ report was a contempt of the court and that the story painted his client in bad light before the public. He asked the court to legally address the publication.

The counsel then presented a printed copy of the publication to the court  as exhibit in his prayer to hold the newspaper in contempt of the court.

The judge, Abiodun Akinyemi, after going through the publication however dismissed the prayer of the counsel. He said the court had nothing against the publication, stressing that the newspaper only carried out its constitutional role.

 “I have gone through the publications. The court has nothing against the publication, it is not a contempt. The newspaper is doing its job, I am not going to say more,” the judge stated.

Meanwhile, the court adjourned further hearing till March 16 and 17 in Mr. Kashamu’s suit against Mr. Adebutu, following a request by the claimant’s counsel that his client was sick and only managed to appear in court.


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  • Holy truth

    He be like say dis kashamu wuruje of a man don step on rattle snake tail o. Everywhere court kasala dey burst 4 hin head.

  • Impulse400

    Another goal scored by Premium Times.

    Next goal post, Nigerian Army.

  • Prince Adeniyi Olusola Olutime

    No amount of plots can water away the truth, those man has no case to answer as far as USA issues is concerned, he had won the case twice and no Jupiter can abduct him, the general masses will revolt such illegality

  • Otinwa Lanre Abraham

    If they don’t mention Senator Buruji Kashamu name in a news in a day, they won’t have much traffic to there website, so Premium Times always throw caution into the air in order to achieve the above.
    You people keep mudslinging him, Senator Buruji Kashamu keep progressing.

  • Governor-General

    Senator Kashamu had been a product that is sellable for most printed media. So for them to attractive profit selling margin and widely readable by the entire public; they write untrue stories about the masses senator Kashamu.
    Moreover, the political enemies who had also seen Senator Kashamu as their political factor who can hinder their aspiration/ambition coming to reality were the brainmaster behind sponsoring those untrue stories.
    Meanwhile God ll continue to make Senator Kashamu triumph over all enemies.