Kashamu accused of being a wanted man in the US
The controversial businessman and politician, Buruji Kashamu, has said that his arrest by U.S. authorities over drug related offences some 20 years ago was a case of mistaken identity.
Mr. Kashamu was, on Thursday, reacting to a recent report that he still remained a wanted person in America over several offences for which some other culprits were already sentenced to imprisonment while others remained at large.
The multi-billionaire, in a statement through his media adviser, Austin Oniyokor, made available to journalists in Abeokuta, said his attention was drawn to yet another obviously twisted report to further discredit him.
“‘Having sufficiently stated our case in the public domain, we would have ignored this latest report except for the fact that if such a lie is allowed to go unchallenged, it could pass for the truth. We wish to state for the umpteenth time that Prince Buruji Kashamu is not the one being wanted for any drug-related case in the US. The warrant of arrest issued against him 20 years ago in the U.S. collapsed once the British court held that it was a case of mistaken identity,” the statement said.
The statement explained that Mr. Kashamu was arrested in London upon the suspicion that he fit the description that the suspects gave. It claimed that after a rigorous trial spanning three and a half years, he was released once the court found that it was a case of mistaken identity.
“It should also be noted that the case itself is statute barred, according to the U.S. laws, by reason of the fact that it failed to bring any fresh action against Prince Kashamu within two and a half years after his release by the British court. Persuaded that he is innocent of charges against him and based on his acquittal and eventual release by the British courts – the third time in a row – Prince Kashamu instructed his lawyers in the U.S. to file an action in the U.S. court seeking to quash the charges against him. Of course, this is inclusive of the initial warrant of arrest that was used to arrest him in London. He took this step to clear his name, once and for all,” the statement explained.
The statement also pointed out that under the U.S.-U.K. Extradition Treaty, individuals were only extradited after a U.K. court had reviewed the case and determined that it met the legal requirements for extradition.
“In this instance, the unassailable British court reviewed it, found that if falls short of its high standard and freed Prince Kashamu. He is free indeed, and no amount of sponsored and twisted reports can equate a judicial pronouncement.”