BY LUKMAN OLABIYI
Hearing in the suit filed by the embattled Senator-elect, Prince Kashamu Buruji to forestall his extradition to USA, on alleged drug related offences yesterday received set back due to the position of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) on the matter .
The embattled Senator-elect who was elected under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to represent Ogun East senatorial district in upper chamber at the 8th National Assembly had instituted the suit against the Inspector-General of Police and other 11 respondents.
Other respondents in the fundamental rights suit which is currently pending before the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos are Chairman, Nigerian Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Chairman of EFCC, Director General, Department of State Security ( DSS), The Interpol National Centraj Bureau (NCB), and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).
Other includes; The Clerk of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, The National Security Adviser to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Nigeria Custom Services, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The matter which was slated for hearing today could not go on due to an application for adjournment by EFCC counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, for him to confirm which of the office of the agency (Lagos or Abuja) that was served.
Oyedepo claimed that he was yet to lay his hands on the processes filed by the applicant, and that it was not in the habit of the agency not to respond to any application filed against it.
He therefore urged the court for a very shot adjourn date to enable the anti-graft agency response to Buruji’s application, which he said would be in the interest of justice.
The EFCC counsel apologized to both the applicant and other respondents in the suit for stalling the Monday’s proceedings.
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