Akin Kuponiyi


A federal high court sitting in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria for the umpteenth time adjourned till June 19 the contempt proceeding against Ogun East senator-elect, Buruji Kasamu while reaffirming its earlier order that the parties involved in the extradition saga stand down, not to undermine the court pending the determination of the contempt proceeding before the court.Buruji-Kashamu

In addition the presiding Judge Ibrahim Buba also warned the parties to avoid a situation whereby conflicting order of the court are obtained by the parties from the same court.

When the matter was mentioned today, Buruji’s lawyer Ajibola Oluyede told the court that the order made by the court for NDLEA to vacate Buruji’s house by NDLEA operatives was treated with disdain as they refuse to vacate the place until he signed an undertaking which was exhibited before the court,

Oluyede further told the court that the NDLEA and the Attorney General of the Federation ought to be committed to prison for disobeying the order of the court, adding that, they obstructed the administration of justice by filing extradition notice which was served on him this morning, therefore urging the court to make the following orders: “An order nullifying the Attorney General’s application for extradiction filed on 28th of May 2015.

(ii) Nullify any warrant of arrest that may prompt any attempt to commence extradition proceeding and

(iii) An order mandating the Inspector General of Police to provide adequate security for Buruji Kasamu.

However in her response the counsel representing the Attorney General of Federation, Mrs Olanike K N. told the court that they have not been served with any court process in the case especially the better and further affidavit filed by the applicant

The Director of prosecution of the NDLEA, Mr Joseph Sunday Nbona, in his reaction told the court that the true position has not been stated before the court, noting that, NDLEA has not been served with any court process in the matter, only the order of the court have been served on them and immediately they were served with the order of the court they complied.

Nbona further told the court that based on the request by the United States of America’s request, the Attorney General of the federation has formerly filed extradition request based on extradition procedure, the case filed by the applicant borders on abduction and as a law abiding Agency of government, they will not embark on any illegality but valid request have been made by a country having extradition treat with Nigeria.

He noted that NDLEA are embarking upon the right procedure, therefore it will be better for them to go and challenge the process instead of hiding under contempt proceeding.

He urged the court to strike out the contempt proceeding case.

Justice Buba in his bench ruling, ordered the parties not to resort to self help, rather they should obey court orders until such orders are set aside or in the alternative parties not satisfied should go on and appeal.

He then adjourned till 19th of June the hearing the pending applications when all parties must have been served.

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