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Court orders Nigerian Senator wanted in the United States to submit himself to the police for attempting to assassinate his fellow senator

Senator Buruji Kashamu

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed an application filed by Senator Buruji Kashamu seeking to stop the police from investigating him in a case of an alleged attempt to assassinate a fellow senator, Mr. Oladipupo Kessington.

Kessington had earlier accused Kashamu of attempting to murder him.

Senator Kashamu told the court that the invitation by the police to probe him regarding the assassination case is a ploy to hand him over to the United States authorities where he is wanted for drug related offence.

Raphael Oluyede, Senator Kashamu’s lawyer, urged the court to ensure that his client’s fundamental rights is not abused by the police whom according to him has plans to forcefully hand him over to the US authority.

Oladipupo Kessington

Oladipupo Kessington

The judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, however in his ruling said that the allegation about a ploy by the police to forcefully hand him over to the US authority is baseless. He added that according to the law, the police have the power to invite and investigate any Nigerian accused of such offence.

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“I do not see how the police can be faulted by acting within the constitution to invite the senator. I do not believe that the allegations of ploy to extradite the applicant to the United States of America is justified here.

“Police is bound to set up an investigating panel and the senator is bound to submit himself to the organs of the police including honouring the letter of investigation,” the judge ruled.

The court consequently ordered Senator Kashamu to submit himself to the police investigation panel to probe his alleged attempt to assassinate the colleague.

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