BY PAUL DADA

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday while affirming the order of the court issued by Justice Okon Abang nullifying the provisional warrant of arrest procured by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to arrest the embattled senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Prince Buruji Kashamu and the extradition suit filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja, declared the contempt proceeding filed before him as mere academic exercise

The presiding Judge, Ibrahim Buba, further said he cannot make any pronouncement on the matter since there is pending order of the court that Buruji Kashamu should not be arrested, therefore, no extradition proceedings can commence against him until the judgement of the court is appealed against.

Consequently, the preliminary objection filed and argued by counsel representing both AGF and NDLEA, and their written addresses were dismissed.

Prior to yesterday’s ruling, Justice Buba had dismissed four oral applications made by AGF in respect of the suit.

The judge, precisely dismissed the oral applications made by AGF counsel, Mr. Emeka Ngige (SAN), in respect of the appeal filed at the Appeal Court against the ruling of the court and seeking to stay proceedings of the court.

The judge said  notice of appeal is not before the court, and he cannot by oral application defer proceedings in the committal proceedings.

The judge also said he has not been informed that the order made by Justice Okon Abang in May has not been set aside.

In the committal proceedings filed before the court, Kashamu through his lawyer, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, is seeking a court declaration that both AGF and NDLEA chairman committed contempt of the court by obstructing the administration of justice evidenced by the wilful violation of the judgment of the court of January 6, 2014, in suit number FHC/L/CS/49/2014 and in order to pre-empt the judgment of the court in suit number FHC/L/CS/508/2015.

This suit is in response to the extradition of Kashamu made by the United States of America, USA, in regards to the allegations that Kashamu is complicit in narcotic offences over which he has been exonerated by a British judge.

 

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