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Tuesday 3 November 2015

Kashamu Moves T0 Block NDLEA From Seizing Property

Kashamu Moves T0 Block NDLEA From Seizing Property

Embattled Senator Buruji Kashamu will on November 10 knows his fate as a Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed that date to rule on an application by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency seeking to reverse an order preventing the anti-narcotics agency from seizing his property.

The ruling in the case was adjourned on Tuesday, November 3, as the presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, was absent from court, The Punch reports.

Justice Buba in his earlier ruling had temporarily barred the NDLEA and the office of the attorney general of the federation from making any move to seize Kashamu’s property, which includes a 24-flat housing estate at Egbe and several other hectares of land valued at N20 bil

The judge had in his ruling said that the order will be in force till the determination of Kashamu’s suit.

The senator had through his lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede, asked the court to stop an attempt by the NDLEA and the AGF from confiscating his property.

Kashamu Moves T0 Block NDLEA From Seizing Property

NDLEA had made failed attempt to extradite the embattled senator to United States of America where he is said to have been wanted for alleged drugs trafficking offences.

Kashamu’s lawyer, Oluyede in this new suit explained that NDLEA and AGF would be violating Kashamu’s fundamental right to own property under sections 43 and 44 of the 1999 Constitution, if they went ahead to seize his prope

The lawyer noted that his client acquired his property through hard work and legitimate means as against the allegation of drug-trafficking.

However, the counsel to the agency, J. N. Sunday, in response to Kashamu’s defence said that the restraining order issued by Justice Buba was against public policy and asked the judge to reverse the order.

The agency urged the judge to disqualify himself from the case base on the premise that since he had previously heard and ruled in a previous suit by Kashamu, it is most likely for him (the judge) rule in the same manner.

Meanwhile, Kashamu had reiterated that his election was not nullified as reported explaining that National and State Assemblies Election Petitions Tribunal only nullified the votes attributed to both candidates in 110 polling units out of 1,135 in the Senatorial District.

He said that his challenger from the All Progressives Congress cannot claim any victory because none was awarded to him.

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