Kashamu Versus NDLEA: Court To Rule On Contempt Proceedings Tuesday

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos will on Tuesday rule on contempt trial slammed against the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice by Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Kashamu initiated the proceeding following the invasion of his house in Lekki, Lagos by operatives of NDLEA on the 23rd of May, 2015.

He claimed that the invasion is a violation of an existing order of the court.

At the proceeding on Monday, the court presided over by Justice Ibrahim Buba dismissed the application for stay of proceeding by the NDLEA and the AGF.

He also rejected the request for an adjournment sought by the respondents.

It would be recalled that the NDLEA invaded the Lagos home of Senator Kashamu with over 50 operatives claiming that it has a request from the United States government to extradite him to face drug related trial.

On several occasions, Senator Kashamu had consistently maintained his innocence claiming that a UK Court had exonerated him on the matter.

He got a court order barring the NDLEA from arresting him pending the determination of a suit he instituted against the AGF, NDLEA, the Police and other security agencies.

Last Friday, Chief Emeka Ngige (SAN) claimed that the Federal Government had appealed against the orders and judgments of the court at the Court of Appeal.

In a swift reaction, Senator Kashamu through his media aide, Austin Oniyokor, accused the lawyer of doing a hatchet job.

He claimed that Ngige was not briefed for the job by the Office of the AGF saying that the lawyer was only working for his political opponents.

He also claimed that contrary to Ngige's claim, there was no Notice of Appeal against the ruling of the lower court.