For the second time in about three weeks, the Federal Government has again lost the battle to extradite a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Buruji Kashamu to the United States to face drug related charges.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday dismissed an application by the Federal Government seeking the extradition of the senator representing Ogun-East senatorial district in the National Assembly.
This will be the third time a court will be dismissing suits against Kashamu.
Earlier, a federal high court in Lagos had nullified the extradition proceedings against Senator Kashamu.
The former Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of Justice Mohammed Adoke (SAN) had on May 28 filed the application upon a United States government’s request asking the Nigerian government to submit Kashamu.
Delivering his ruling, the trial judge, Justice Kolawole held that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit while the judgement of the division of the court in Lagos nullifying the proceedings on June 8, 2015 and the same judgement affirmed by another judge of the same Lagos division had not been set aside by an appellate court.
Justice Okon Abang of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on June 8 nullified the extradition proceedings which he said were initiated in contravention of an earlier order of the court.
The court’s orders nullifying the proceedings were affirmed by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the same Federal High Court sitting Lagos in a ruling on June 23.