A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to suspend all actions on the move to extradite the Ogun East senator-elect, Mr. Buruji Kashamu.
Counsel to Kashamu, Ajibola Oluyede, told the court his client spent six days in his toilet hiding from men of the NDLEA. He told the court that men from the NDLEA only vacated Kashamu’s residence after he (Oluyede) was compelled to sign an undertaking.
He added that without signing the undertaken, they would not have left the building.
‘’The only reason they left was because I signed an undertaken. My client was in a toilet for six days with 20 masked armed men in his bedroom. So, I signed the undertaking before they left, they should not claim to have obeyed the order of the court’’, he said.
But the presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba gave the order in the bench ruling, when the case came up before him yesterday.
The judge held: “That the only matter before the court is the committal proceeding but it appears all the parties are not ready to address it.’’
Justice Buba held that although the court’s attention had been drawn to the motion on notice filed by NDLEA seeking to set aside the orders of the court made on May 26, he added that the motion was not ripe for hearing.
Reiterating his earlier orders, Justice Buba said: “At the expense of being repetitive, the defendants who are alleged contemnor are once again ordered not to do anything that will undermine the suit before the court. It is the duty of all parties to obey the order of court.’
“Therefore, counsel should note that the motion to set aside the orders of court and the main application has not been argued. So the court has to adjourn this matter in order for parties to be served appropriately so that justice can be done,’’ he stated.
Justice Buba held that “the judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction subsist, adding that there are options open to alleged contemnors to set them aside by going to a superior court.