Buruji Kashamu

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Sunday, advised the embattled Ogun Senator ? elect, Buruji Kashamu, to concentrate on the facts of his alleged drug case, and stop dragging former President Olusegun Obasanjo as well as a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George into his problems.

This Agency?s advice to Kashamu was contained in a press release issued by Mitchell Ofoyeju, spokesman for the NDLEA and made available to the Daily Times.

Ofoyeju said that rather than engage in the blame game, Kashamu, as a distinguished Senator-elect, should act honourably, demonstrate ample confidence in the Nigerian judicial system instead of shifting blame on the duo of the former President Obasanjo and former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief George for the crime he committed.

The release read in parts, ?Kashamu has been on the wanted list of both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

?Kashamu was indicted in the Northern District of Illinois, United States on charges brought against him by ICE. According to the United States court documents, Kashamu in his days as the leader of a prolific heroin trafficking ring, based in Chicago, Illinois, was known as ?God,? ?Daddy,? and ?Kasmal?. He is wanted to stand trial on charges of conspiracy and importation of controlled substances, namely heroin, into the United States dating back to 1994.

?Kashamu, who holds dual Nigerian/Beninese citizenship, has taken multiple pre-emptive actions to thwart U.S. extradition efforts such as making fanciful claims that his is a case of mistaken identity, and that his deceased brother is responsible for the crimes he is being sought after in the United States.? He has filed injunctions at the federal court, both in the Northern District of Illinois, United States, and in Nigeria, to prevent his arrest and prosecution.

?These are issues that Kashamu should prepare to address rather than point accusing fingers at eminent elder statesmen who have no connection with the ongoing investigative process. The Senator, who was placed on house arrest last weekend, is expected to appear in court in less than 24 hours.

?We expect Kashamu as a distinguished senator-elect to demonstrate ample confidence in the Nigerian judicial system and stop the blame game,? the release said.


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