Kashamu Extradition: Justice Dimgba Expresses Displeasure Over DSS Absence in Court

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court, Abuja, Thursday, expressed his displeasure over the altitude of the Department of State Services (DSS) following its absence in the court in a case before him.
The Judge, who said he was not happy with the counsel of the DSS, who neither sent a representative or reason for his absence, ordered that a letter be written and hearing notice be forwarded to the Department, to formally intimate it of the next hearing date fixed for March 21.
Meanwhile, the court fixed the March 21 date, for definite hearing on the alleged plan by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Director General of DSS to extradite Senator Buruji Kashamu to the United State of America to face charges on drugs related offences.
The hearing date was fixed following the agreement of parties involved in the matter to that effect.
Although the case was billed to come up Thursday before Justice Dimgba, it was however shifted due to the absence of the DSS counsel.
Kashamu, who is representing Ogun East in the Senate, had dragged the IGP, DG DSS and a serving House of Representatives member, Oladipupo Adebutu, before the Federal High Court, seeking perpetual order of injunction to stop them from arresting and extraditing him to the US.
The Senator claimed that the summon issued to him to appear before a special investigation panel of the IGP on the strength of a petition by Hon. Adebutu on assassination attempt on his life in Port Harcourt by Kashamu and alleged thugs, was a ploy to abduct and transport him to the US to face drugs related charges.
The Senator claimed that the petitioner had been boasting that he would cause his extradition to the US with the assistance of the Police and DSS.
Kashamu therefore pleaded with the court to restrain DSS and Police from inviting him to appear before any panel for the alleged assassination attempt.
It will be recalled that the DSS, Police and Adebutu have asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to compel Kashamu to honour invitation extended to him by the DSS and Police on allegation of attempted assassination.
They had asked the court to disregard and reject the claim by Kashamu that the invitation of the security agents was a ploy to forcefully abduct him and extradite him to the United States of America to answer criminal charges on hard drug related matters.
In their separate counter affidavits to the originating summon of Kasamu asking for a perpetual restraining order against his arrest or invitation, the security agencies said that the claim of extradition raised by the Senator was speculative and has no bearing or connection with their invitation to him to clarify issues on attempted assassination.

Author: News Editor

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