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Kashamu Must Face Drug Charges, U.S. Court Rules |The Republican News

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Sen. Buruji Kashamu

Rasheed Bisiriyu with agency report

A United States’ appeal court has upheld a ruling against a Nigerian senator, Buruji Kashamu, who is facing drug charges related to the hit TV show “Orange is the New Black.”

With the ruling, a report by the Washington Post said, the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, could be extradited to face trial in the US court.

Chicago prosecutors accused the senator of heading a heroin trafficking ring in the 1990s.

Kashamu had in April 2015 asked a district court to put a hold on his “abduction abroad by US authorities.”

But in its ruling on Monday, the US court of appeals dismissed the complaint and upheld the ruling of the lower court.

The court said the attempt by US agents to arrest Kashamu in coordination with Nigerian authorities could not be termed “an attempted abduction”.

Many of those indicted in the case had pleaded guilty but Kashamu had maintained that his dead brother was responsible for the crimes he was being accused of.

He insisted the 1998 indictment by a grand jury in Chicago for conspiracy to import and distribute heroin in the US was a case of mistaken identity, adding that the prosecutors really wanted a dead brother, who closely resembled him.

In an April 2015 filing, Kashamu asked a district court to prevent his “abduction abroad by the US authorities.”

The court dismissed the complaint, and the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling Monday, the Washington Post reported on Thursday quoting the Associated Post.

It said the US agents’ attempt to arrest Kashamu in coordination with local authorities would not constitute “an attempted abduction.”

A dozen people long ago pleaded guilty in the case, including Piper Kerman, whose memoir was adapted for the Netflix show.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in May 2015 arrested Kashamu, then a senator-elect, in connection with the heroin deal.

He was placed under house arrest at his Lagos home. He sued the Nigerian court to prevent attempts to extradite him.

When asked to react to the US court’s decision, Kashamu said he was not the person the judge was referring to because two British courts had ordered his release after it found out that it was a case of mistaken identity. (Punchng.com)

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Fayose Unqualified To Be PDP Governors’ Forum Chair-Kashamu |The Republican News

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Buruji Kashamu

Samuel Awoyinfa and Kamarudeen Ogundele

The Senator, representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Mr. Buruji Kashamu, has faulted the choice of Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum.

In a statement on Sunday, Kashamu said Fayose was not the right man for the job.

He wondered how governors of a party in a need of rebranding and repositioning could choose “a liability, a loud mouth and an immature politician like Fayose as the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum”.

The statement added, “It is not that his emergence as the chairman of the Forum means anything to me. But as a committed and loyal party man, it gives me great concern that instead of taking steps that will foster peace and unity, we are doing things that will widen the gap and cause more disunity.

“Those who chose him should have a rethink in the interest of the party that is striving hard to return to power.”

Kashamu also described Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, who Fayose succeeds as the PDP Governors’ Forum Chairman, as cool-headed but “a traitor”.

He stated, “His brother-governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, whose tenure he purportedly continues as Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, is a cool-headed and balanced character.

“Even then, some of us pointed out that Governor Mimiko was slippery and sly, and a traitor. What happened at the end of the day? The party broke up on his head when he overreached himself in the South-West as the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum at the behest of Fayose.

“Instead of being a strong leader, who would be fair to all and do good to all manner of people, without fear or favour, he became more of a weather-beaten fowl, sullen and uninspiring.

“But, we thank God that we held our grounds and fought for our rights.

“Fayose had always wanted to be the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum. That was why he had some resentment towards Mimiko upon his emergence as the chairman of the forum in 2015. “

While he conceded to the PDP governors the right to choose whoever they wanted to lead them, he noted that they should have settled for a balanced, more experienced and mature person to lead the forum.

He argued that the governors shouldn’t have chosen “a cantankerous, divisive and unstable character like Governor Fayose, who snaps at the slightest provocation”.

Kashamu stated, “There are those who are better educated, well-cultured and better exposed, who are not working against the interest of their people and country.

“We have governors, who have held public offices since the return to democracy in 1999 but who are untainted. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission does not have any case against them.

“Those are the kind of people that could have been chosen to lead the Forum.

Kashamu said the choice of Fayose as the chairman of the PDP forum would further polarise the party and destroy it.

He added, “How many of the notable leaders of the party in Ekiti State and the South-West are ready to work with  Fayose? He had the opportunity to fight for the interest of the good people of Ekiti State and Yorubaland, but he flunked it, preferring to promote impunity with a tiny clique who will always do his bidding.”

But reacting, Fayose, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, asked Kashamu to stop interfering in other people’s business.

He said, “Even as we have elected not to take issue with the senator,  I think Nigerians should ask him whether he is a governor. What is the business of a senator, who is not even a principal officer in the Senate with who becomes the chairman of Governors’ Forum?

“If he wants to have a say on who becomes the chairman of Governors Forum, he should also try and become a governor like Governor Ayodele Fayose, and a respected, forthright, committed party man and a courageous one too.

“As it is now, he is not a governor and he has never been a governor, and as such does not know how the PDP Governors’ Forum operates. He therefore lacks moral right to comment on who becomes the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum.” (Punchng.com)

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Fayose Masterminded PDP Crisis, Says Sen. Kashamu |The Republican News

Senator, Buruji Kashamu

By Laide Raheem, Abeokuta

The Senator representing Ogun East senatorial district, Senator Buruji Kashamu, yesterday, disclosed that the leadership crisis that engulfed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) both at the national and state levels was masterminded by the Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose.
He, therefore, called on members of the party, especially in the South-West, to hold Fayose responsible for the crisis. Kashamu stated this at his country home in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun state, at a reception ceremony organised to receive 1,500 leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the five local governments in Ogun West who defected to PDP.
The Senator slammed Fayose for putting on the toga of “the leader or voice of the opposition, which he is not”, insisting that the governor was the architect of the leadership crisis rocking the party.
He pointed out that Fayose was using his attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari as a subterfuge to cover up his tracks. His words: “As you probably would have known, he is only trying to pull the wool over our eyes in order to cover up his tracks. He seeks to use his rabid attacks on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government as a cover when called to account for his deeds in and out of office.”
“He is the architect of the leadership crisis rocking our party in the South West and at the national level. Let all our elders, leaders, and true sons and daughters in Yorubaland ignore his doomsday predictions and come together in unity and encourage the efforts of Buhari’s government that are geared towards rebuilding our country.” Kashamu stated.
He urged members of the party to desist from painting a gloomy picture of the present economic situation in the country, commending President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for cutting import duties on 173 items expected to boost industry and rejuvenate the small-scale sector of the economy. He said: “In spite of what the naysayers might be saying, the truth is that there are opportunities everywhere. Just two days ago, I read of the cut on import duties on 173 items that are expected to boost industry and rejuvenate the small-scale sector of the economy.”
“That good news is coming on the heels of the recovery of Sambisa Forest and the hugely successful anti corruption campaign which has saved the country trillions of Naira. With all these, our economy should experience a rebound very soon,” Kasamu added. ‘               (The Sun)

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