24th May, 2015
The National Drug Law enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on May 24 told Buruji Kashamu to get prepared for extradition proceedings.
In a statement issued on the May 24 and signed by Ofoyeju Mitchell, the Agency spokesman, NDLEA stated that it expects Kashamu in court on Monday. “We expect Kashamu as a distinguished senator-elect to demonstrate ample confidence in the Nigerian judicial system and stop the blame game.
“The fact is that a formal request for his extradition had been received from the Embassy of the United States of America. According to official report, Kashamu has been on the wanted list of both the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“Kashamu was indicted in the Northern District of Illinois, United States on charges brought against him by ICE. According to the United States court documents, Kashamu in his days as the leader of a prolific heroin trafficking ring based in Chicago, Illinois was known as “God”, “Daddy”, and “Kasmal”.
“He is wanted to stand trial on charges of conspiracy and importation of controlled substances, namely heroin, into the United States dating back to 1994,” the statement noted.
The agency added that Kashamu “who holds dual Nigerian/Beninese citizenship, has taken multiple preemptive actions to thwart US extradition efforts such as making fanciful claims that his is a case of mistaken identity, and that his deceased brother is responsible for the crimes he is being sought after in the United States. He has filed injunctions at the federal court both in the Northern District of Illinois, United States and in Nigeria to prevent his arrest and prosecution.”