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US Begins Extradition Of Nigerian Senator Elect Buruji Kashamu Over Drug Trafficking Charges

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US Begins Extradition Of Nigerian Senator Elect Buruji Kashamu Over Drug Trafficking Charges

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April 20, 2015 – US Begins Extradition Of Nigerian Senator Elect Buruji Kashamu Over Drug Trafficking Charges

The government of the United States of America has begun fresh moves to extradite Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu to face drug trafficking charges, which he has been evading for several years now.

This was revealed by his lawyer, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, in a petition to the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC.

In the petition, Oluyede also accused former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, of being behind the plot to extradite Kashamu.

According to Oluyede, “Kashamu’s enquiry revealed that indeed there had been moves by US officials within the region to secure the assistance of the head of the INTERPOL division in Nigeria, Mr. Solomon Arase, a Deputy Inspector General of Police, for the arrest and delivery to the US officials of Kashamu for transportation to the US without following the due process required by the Nigeria Extradition Act.

“Mr. Kashamu’s informant revealed that Arase has confirmed that Donna Chabot approached him in January 2015. The said Ms Chabot is an attaché with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the American Embassy route Des Almedies BP, 49, Dakar, Senegal and requested that INTERPOL Nigeria assist in the abduction of Kashamu for the purpose of his forcible transportation to the U.S. to face trial before Judge Norgel.”

According to Saharareporters, the name of the self-acclaimed philanthropist and a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, came up in a Court ruling dated September 25, 2009 by Judge Charles R. Norgle of the United States District Court in Chicago, Illinois in which the Judge upheld Kashamu’s indictment by the U.S government on drug trafficking charges and conspiracy to smuggle heroin into the country. Kashamu was described by the U.S government as the kingpin of the drug cartel.

In his response, Kashamu published several rebuttals in the newspapers and alleged that he was not the one being sought after by the United States Government, but that the alleged crime was committed by one of his brothers who is now dead. Kashamu, in his defence, also claims that he had been cleared by a British Court and produced what purports to be the decision of a Magistrates’ Court in England. Kashamu also referred to his issuance of German visa sequel to his clearance by international security agencies as a further proof that he is not a fugitive and that the U.S. may have been looking for a wrong person.

However, the matter is far from over as the United States government insists that the man the U.S government is looking for is no other person than Buruji Kashamu, not his brother and that the government of the U.S. still regards Buruji Kashamu as a drug kingpin and a fugitive from the United States law. The U.S. further states that it has never withdrawn its warrant of arrest against Kashamu, maintaining further that the charges against Kashamu remain pending and will request for his extradition from Nigeria in due course.

The United States Government has also accused Buruji Kashamu of using fraudulent means to obtain a German Visa in 2009. The U.S government notes in its brief that Kashamu communicated with German officials using the name “Buruji Kashamu Shodipe” instead of Buruji Kashamu. According to the U.S. government, Kashamu was indicted in the United States under the name “Buruji Kashamu” and the warrant of arrest against him was issued in that same name. It is the position of the U.S. that any confusion by German officials that led to the issuance of a Schengen visa to Kashamu may have been caused by Kashamu’s use of the surname “Shodipe” in his application and communications with the German consulate.

Saharareporters investigation has revealed that there is indeed, a pending criminal action against Mr. Buruji before the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois involving fifteen people. The Case 1:94-cr-00172 is before Hon. Judge Charles R. Norgle. While Kashamu’s other coconspirators had been jailed, Kashamu’s case is being held under the fugitive Calendar.

In February, 2009, Kashamu hired a team of lawyers to appear for him in the case for the purpose of filing a Motion requesting the Court to quash the arrest warrant which his lawyers led by Pravin B. Rao did.

In the Motion to quash the arrest warrant, Mr. Pravin Rao made copious reference to the United Kingdom’s extradition proceedings in which Kashamu was freed after spending five years in British jail. His lawyers also pleaded res judicata and argued that the U.K. decisions are final and should therefore, be binding on the U.S.

In its response, the United States government disagreed with Kashamu on all four grounds and argued that Kashamu’s Motion to quash arrest warrant should be denied by the Court. On September, 25, 2009, the District Court Judge upheld the U.S. position and denied Kashamu’s Motion to quash his arrest warrant. The judge also declared Buruji Kashamu a fugitive.

However, Kahamu’s lawyers filed another Motion praying the Court to reconsider its decision of September 25, 2009.

Trouble started for Kashamu when in March 1994, defendant Kary Hayes, a passenger arriving at O’Hare International Airport (“O’Hare”) on a flight from Zurich, Switzerland, was arrested after he tried to smuggle into the United States a suitcase containing approximately 14.16 pounds of heroin. Hayes was one of a long line of couriers in a heroin smuggling operation allegedly led by Kashamu. The government charged Hayes and other couriers after this initial arrest. Many of these couriers cooperated and provided information about their contacts with Kashamu.

On May 21, 1998, a grand jury charged Kashamu and others in a Second Superseding Indictment with conspiracy to import heroin into the United States in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 963. Between July 7, 1998 and January 27, 1999, nine of the fourteen defendants named in the Second Superseding Indictment pleaded guilty. These nine defendants admitted their participation in the heroin smuggling organization and all acknowledged that Kashamu, the man they called “Alaji” or “God,” was the person ultimately in charge of the heroin smuggling organization. Some of these couriers, including defendants Catherine Cleary Wolters and Nicholas Fillmore, Jr., had visited with Kashamu at his residence in Benin in connection with the heroin smuggling organization.

One of the couriers, defendant Ellen Wolters, had a romantic relationship with Kashamu. The smuggling trips and trips to visit Kashamu in Benin were documented by, among other things, money transfer orders from Western Union and American Express, flight records, credit card charges, hotel records, and telephone call detail records. The telephone records, for example, reflected calls from the couriers to Kashamu’s residence in Benin.

Kashamu was ordered detained following his December 1998 arrest and he was incarcerated in London’s Brixton Prison during the pendency of extradition proceedings based on the government’s warrant in the instant case.

[Sources: NAN, Sahara Reporter New York]

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. OmoKehinde

    April 20, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    This is unbelievable! Drug trafficker became senator-elect on the corrupt PDP party platform. I support president Jonathan effort to extradite this criminal back to the United States to face his drug charges. Why is senator-elect-Kashamu running everywhere like Petroleum minister if they are not guilty of wrongdoing? The victory of millions of suffering Nigerian masses under PDP administration of the past 16 years have paved way to president-elect-General Mohmmand Buhari at the voting booths on March 28,2015. Nigerian people should stay turned because a lot of secret dealings. embezzlement, money laundering operations, election bribery, and gross corruption under Jonathan’s administration will soon be open to Nigerian public and the entire world. Mr. Kashamu is being punished by President Jonathan for pocketing billions of naira bribe meant to deliver election victory for the president in Lagos state. However, Mr. Kashamu should thank God that he will be serving jail term in the U.S instead of Nigerian rotten prison if found guilty of that drug charges. God of vengeance has arrived in Nigeria to punish the wicked politicians who had imposed great suffering, setback, and abject poverty on our people.

  2. Kunle Ilahor

    April 20, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    The beginning of sorry for kashamu

  3. I

    April 20, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Even his name sounds fraudulent. lol. If he is clean, let him go and face the law and clear his name.

  4. Bench

    April 20, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Abeg na wetin is extradit mean? Some pipul never ivun chop one plate but some don chop extra. Make that man go prison o.

  5. Ayo

    April 20, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Buruji fear God na,you are now claiming it’s your dead that was the drug baron! Well if it’s not you US is looking for,you have notting to fear,just request for a first class ticket to Chicago or better still for your status,a private jet. Kashamu ile ya o (prison) better thank God the food beta pass kirikiri. The man dey laugh o

  6. onyi

    April 20, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    If a Terrorist Can Become a President of Nigeria !!! Drug Kotel/Barron as a Nigeria Senate Shouldn’t be a Surprise!!!
    I thought ****** Said That ***** Don’t love Them Self ?? # My Question is—,Abasanjo and Buruji Kashamu an They ***** ????

  7. onyi

    April 21, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Free Biafrans from Nigeria # Freedom

  8. onyi

    April 21, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Hahahaha Nigeria is just a joke !!! ( A Prostitute Florence shor Give You The Name Nigeria And You Are Proudly Answering it ???Sorry # Biafrans Dont Want To Be Part of This Evil Contraption Country Called Nigeria#FREE Biafrans#Freedom

    • I

      April 21, 2015 at 6:34 AM

      What jargon are you this Onyi talking about? U are not coherent or making any sense at all. R u sure you are alright and not high on some cheap substance?

  9. Jilo

    April 21, 2015 at 1:57 AM

    This guy called Buruji Kashamu made a very big big mistakes by getting himself involving in politics. He should have never expose himself to the extent of becoming a Senator of Federal Republic. That was the beginning of his downfall. Don’t forget it is because of this man that Obasanjo dissociated himself from PDP. This man brought unnecessary attention on himself. When I read from one of US newspaper that an ex Drug Kingpin is a Senator elected in Nigeria I knew right there that ugly situation will emanate from that end. Folks, this is how is going to go, the US will finally win the extradition of this man back into the United State and make a big case against him. Trust me,the United States will never pursue this case if they never have their proof in handy. They did it to Lanre Shittu he was extradite to Washington DC to face charges and I don’t have any doubt they wouldn’t do the same for this guy. One thing about United States is is not over when it’s not yet over. What this guy should be doing now is to start negotiating for a top class lawyer who can help in reducing his punishment otherwise he should expect a long journey to Federal Penitentiary. There is a possibility he may not make it back after serving his prison term. Folks, The United States prison is not what everybody taught it is. Giving you food is not the best part of it but there are some risk aspect of this which may quickly send somebody to early grave for example people are getting stab while they asleep, there are some homosexual who can force you to have anal sex with them, there are people with mental health problem (Schizophrenia) who can kill ad nobody will make case against them because of their mental status and the lists go on and on. Buruji may be better off serving his sentence in Nigeria than in the US if Nigeria government can negotiate on his behaif which I really doubt.

    • Jarey

      March 15, 2017 at 2:45 AM

      But nothing was found against Lanre Shittu to whom the US government had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars compensation.

  10. ade adey

    April 22, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Bola Ahmed Tinubu is also a criminal wanted in usa he negotiated with d american govt to forfeit his foreign acct worth millions of dollars Kashamu do d same thing and d usa govt will leave u alone they r also thieves

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