A prominent chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu, also known as Esho Jinadu in social circles has accused former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Bode George and former Osun State governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, of twisting the facts in the purported drug case against him in America.
Kashamu, through his counsel, Mr. Jibola Oluyede, yesterday said that as far back as 1993, when the drug crime was allegedly committed, he was worth close to $1 billion, and so had no reason whatsoever to be involved in illicit narcotics deal.
Oluyede said it was unfortunate that the political detractors of his client had capitalised on the purported drug case to spread falsehood in some sections of the media, adding that there was no court order to the effect that Kashamu should be extradited to the United States to face narcotics importation charges.
Oluyede maintained that Kashamu had never travelled to the United States, adding that it was his brother, who looked like him that was involved in the alleged crime.
He added that when the United States authorities made move to arrest Kashamu for the drug crime in London, his client went to court on two occasions and got judgments against his arrest, as the courts in England agreed that he was not the actual offender.
He said: “The matter ended there as far as the United States authorities were concerned. No appeal against either of the judgments was filed and no attempt has been made by the U.S. authorities ever since to have our client extradited for any offence in U.S.
“It was in 2010 when, as a result of our client’s rising political profile, his political opponents were known to be making enquiries from the Attorney-General of the Federation, about any possible extradition.
“And so, my client went to the Federal High Court in Lagos to enforce the two favourable judgments he got from England.
“In the matter, he also sought the interpretation of the court orders, whether in the circum-stances of the two English court judgments, the AGF could take steps to commence extradition process against him.
“The AGF said the action was pre-emptive as there was no move to extradite him and the Federal High Court agreed with us and delivered judgment in our favour.”
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