Kashamu reacts to Appeal Court ruling, makes allegations against Malami

Kashamu reacts to Appeal Court ruling, makes allegations against Malami

Buriji Kashamu, the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District has filed two notices of appeal at the Supreme Court seeking to set aside the recent Court of Appeal judgment.

He also alleged that the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami was planning to abduct and transport him to the United States to face trial.

Kashamu, through his counsel, averred that the Court of Appeal erred in dismissing his objections.

“The lower court misdirected itself when it held that the appellant has not made out a case of breach or likelihood of a breach of his fundamental rights,” Kashamu said.

“It is unfortunte that these persons have chosen to channel their energies towards blackmailing the AGF to punish an innocent citizen and achieve a personal vendetta against someone who is seen as their political foe.

“Their pursuit is of interest to them even when all right-thinking members of the society know that I have a right of appeal against the judgment, which right I have immediately exercised,” Kashamu said.

He urged the AGF not to allow his office to be used to punish an innocent Nigerian.

“His office should not be used to punish and unjustly persecute an innocent and patriotic Nigerian, in a bid to satisfy the desire of some political opponents or external forces whose interest is to seek and gain political advantage. To do that will be tantamount to unjustly prosecuting another man’s battle either directly or indirectly.

“The facts of the case speak for itself. I can no longer be the subject of any extradition case when I had on two occasions faced extradition proceedings in a foreign land and I was exonerated and freed to go home.

“The Government of the United Kingdom has testified through the British High Commission in a letter dated 27th of April, 2015 and addressed to former Inspector-General of Police Solomon Arase that I was freed from extradition proceedings in their country between 1998 and 2003.

“I am however surprised at the efforts to blackmail the AGF to entrench the persecution of the last administration and legalise their illegality.

“If the AGF should painstakingly study the files with him, he would realise that there are better things to expend public funds on that engaging private lawyers to pursue a failed course, which only seeks to satisfy my political foes that have no goodwill in the society.

“The two British courts gave judgments in my favour after taking oral and documentary evidence from agents of the United States Government and the Federal Government of Nigeria, including top officials of the NDLEA who were summoned by the British courts.

“The NDLEA, in particular, gave positive evidence that I was not the person involved in the alleged crime and they have given some evidence here in Nigeria. So, why the sudden change?

“The statement and evidence given by witnesses who are high-ranking officials of the NDLEA in the British courts represent the position of the Nigerian Government in that case, including the Office of the AGF,” Kashamu said.

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