Senator Prince Buruji Kashamu has alleged before a Federal High Court in Abuja, that the invitation by Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Director General of State Security Services (SSS) to appear before an investigation panel was a ploy to arrest and extradite him to the United States of America (USA) to face trial on alleged drug related offences.
He urged the court to stop the SSS and Police from inviting or arresting him for anything.
The Senator representing Ogun East made the allegation on Wednesday in a case he instituted against the IGP and the SSS.
The Senator claimed that the invitation extended to him in respect of a petition on an assassination attempt on the life of a House of Representatives member, Oladipupo Keshinton, was a ploy to get at him and transport him to America at the instance of the American government to face charges on alleged hard drug offence.
Kashamu in an originating summon argued by his counsel, Prince Raphael Oluyede, urged Justice Nnamdi Dimgba to protect him from being forcefully ferried abroad by stopping the IGP, DG of SSS and their agents from inviting or arresting him.
He said that his fundamental rights to liberty or freedom would be breached if the police and SSS are not refrained from curtailing his movement.
The Senator further contended that the petition upon which police is seeking to invite him has been investigated and found baseless and unfounded, hence there is no need for the police and SSS to seek his arrest.
Buruji said that he rushed to the court to seek an order against his arrest because the police and the SSS are bent on arresting him.
However, in opposing the claims of Senator Buruji, the IGP said that the applicant was being invited to make statement before a special investigation panel set up to look into the allegation of assassination attempt against Senator Kashamu and was any a ploy to arrest him.
The IGP, through his counsel, David Ibodo, said the issue of extradition raised by the Senator was his imagination and not that of the police.
He appealed to the court to issue an order to compel the Senator to appear before the police panel for interrogation in an assassination attempt.
Ibodo submitted that the Senator rushed to court to prevent the police from performing its statutory function and urged the court not to grant the application.
“There are two petitions addressed to the IGP on allegation of assassination attempt in Port Harcourt, Rivers State the first one was written by House of Representatives member, Honorable Oladipupo Keshinton upon which the Senator was invited.
“Rather than honouring police invitation, the Senator chooses to write a counter petition on the same issue.
“At the moment, the IGP has two petitions and had set up a Special Investigation Panel to look into them to ascertain the genuineness of the allegation”, he said.
Ibodo averred that the House of Representatives member who wrote the first petition has appeared before the police panel and made statements while the Senator rather than honouring police invitation opted to come before this court to seek an order to stop police from doing their job.
“I humbly urge this Honorable court not to grant the prayers of the the applicant as doing so will send a danger signal and would prevent police from performing its statutory function”
The House of Representatives member who is also a respondent in the case accused the Senator of embarking on forum shopping to avoid appearing before a police panel to answer allegations on attempted.
The lawmaker through his counsel Ehi Uwaifo urged the court to dismiss the application of the Senator and to order him to appear before the panel to enable them perform its statutory function.
The counter affidavit filed by the SSS against the case of Kashamu was also adopted.
The trial Judge, Justice Dimgba after taking arguments from parties to the matter fixed July 6 for the judgment.