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NDLEA Plans To Take Over My N20b Assets – Kashamu

Posted: Sep 23, 2015 at 1:14 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde Opeseitan, Lagos

A member of the Senate from Ogun State and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Buruji Kashamu, has alleged before a Federal High Court in Lagos that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is planning to take over his land in Lekki area of Lagos worth N20 billion.

Kashamu, in the new suit, had sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the NDLEA and the Attorney-General of the Federation from seizing his property.

The new suit came after the failed effort by the NDLEA to extradite Kashamu to the United States of America, where he is said to be wanted for alleged drug-trafficking offences.

Justice Ibrahim Buba had on June 23, 2015, reaffirmed a May 27, 2015, order of Justice Okon Abang of the same court restraining the NDLEA and others from extraditing Kashamu to the United States where he is wanted in connection with alleged massive narcotics crime.

In the new suit, Kashamu said he had got wind of the moves by the NDLEA and the AGF to seize or take over his properties, including a 24-flat housing estate at Egbe and several hectares of land on Lekki Peninsular, Lagos, worth over N20 billion.

He claimed to have acquired the properties by dint of hard work and legitimate business as opposed to the respondents’ allegation that the properties were acquired with proceeds of drug-trafficking.

His lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede, claimed that allowing the respondents to seize Kashamu’s property would occasion a breach of his fundamental right to own property as provided under section 43 and 44 of the Constitution.

Already Justice Buba had, by an interim injunction dated June 29, 2015, restrained the respondents and their privies from interfering with Kashamu’s right to own property either in Nigeria or anywhere else, pending the determination of the main suit.

But at the resumed hearing on Tuesday, the NDLEA appeared in court with an application seeking to discharge the interim injunction.

The NDLEA’s lawyer, Mr. J. N. Sunday, claimed that the interim injunction was granted against public policy, adding that it amounted to tying the hands of Federal Government agencies from discharging their legitimate mandate.

The anti-narcotics agency also asked Buba to disqualify himself from the case, saying it was afraid that since Buba had adjudicated over Kashamu’s previous case and gave judgment, it might be impossible for him to reach a different conclusion in the fresh case, which stemmed from the earlier case.