Endless trouble! DSS, Police invitation, ploy to extradite me, Kashamu tells court
Sen. Buruji Kashamu (Ogun-PDP) has told the Federal High Court, Abuja, that the Inspector-General of Police (I-G) and the Director-General of (DSS) plan to extradite him to the United States to face trial on drug related offences.
Kashamu who brought an application before the court on Wednesday, prayed the court to stop both agencies from inviting or arresting him.
The senator told the court that the invitation to him in respect to a petition on an assassination attempt on the life of Rep. Oladipupo Keshington (PDP-Ogun), was a ploy to arrest him and transport him to the US.
Counsel to Kashamu, Mr Raphael Oluyede, asked the court to protect his client and stop the Police and DSS from inviting or arresting him and forcefully transporting him abroad.
According to Oluyede, if the court fails to stop the plot, his client’s fundamental rights to liberty will be breached.
The lawyer further argued that the petition for which the Police was inviting him, had been investigated and found to be baseless.
Opposing the application, counsel to the I-G, Mr David Igbodo said the issue of extradition raised by the senator was a figment of his imagination.
According to Igbodo, the Police was inviting Kashamu to make a statement before a special investigative panel set up to look into the allegation of attempted assassination brought against him.
He prayed the court not to grant the application, but to rather, issue an order to compel the senator to appear before the Police panel for interrogation in the alleged assassination attempt.
“There are two petitions addressed to the I-G on allegations of an assassination attempt in Port Harcourt, Rivers. The first one was written by Keshington upon which the senator was invited.
“Rather than honouring the Police invitation, the senator chose to write a counter petition on the same issue.
“At the moment, the I-G has two petitions and has set up a special panel to look into them and ascertain the genuineness of the allegation,” he said. Punch