01/Jul/2016 // 409 Viewers
US ANGRY WITH NIGERIA
Extensive investigations conducted by Pointblanknews.com have revealed a widening bribery scandal involving Senator Buruji Kashamu, some Nigerian judges, son of President Mohammadu Buhari and a cousin of the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, in a bribery scheme designed to quash the extradition case of the senator to the United States.
The United States Justice Department officials are already furious over roles played by Nigerian politicians aided by the judiciary and have expressed dismay at the bungling of the case which depicted all the trappings of rabid corruption on the part of Nigeria’s judiciary.
Sources at the U.S DOJ and the State Department confirmed to Pointblanknews.com that while they would not want to comment on activities bordering on investigations of a criminal act, the U.S Government is particularly disappointed at the turn of event with the Buruji’s extradition case.
According to a Justice Department official who does not want to be named because he is not authorized to speak on the matter “We expected the current Government to be different from the past but it is disappointing that we seem to have been deceived.”
Mr. Kashamu and 14 others were, in 1998, charged by a federal grand jury for their alleged involvement in an international conspiracy to smuggle heroin into the United States, according to U.S court papers. He fled to the U.K. where repeated efforts by the U.S. to extradite him failed, before he returned to Nigeria and became a Senator.
The US government has, following the development, initiated moves to reach out to the Buhari government over the matter.
According to a source, “We are not given up. We are making efforts to discuss with the President of Nigeria.”
Muhammad Abdallah, the NDLEA Chairman, had told a Nigeria-based online medium in an interview recently that the agency is under the control of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice office.
“We are an agency under the Attorney-General, once the Attorney General is involved in a matter we are, we must necessarily step aside for him.
“There are no two governments in Nigeria. The NDLEA is not an independent organisation, it’s an organisation under the Attorney General. The Attorney General is handling that, so we have nothing to say.”
But sources told pointblanknews.com that on the orders of the AGF, the National Security Adviser to the President and some very powerful APC chieftains, the NDLEA was directed to ands off the case against Buruji.
A frustrated NDLEA official told pointblanknews.com on condition of anonymity that officials of the agency were shocked to note that the orders came from officials of the Presidency who were supposed to be championing the fight against corruption.
“we were very shocked. All our efforts to honor the request of the United States have been frustrated. The extradition request is now politics.”
Sources told Pointblanknews.com that while Mr. Buruji was playing hanky-panky with NDLEA officials, he had received assurances from some politicians that upon parting with some money, he can be free, according to an insider familiar with the deal.
Senator Kashamu allegedly doled out $1 million to Judges handling the case to quash his extradition proceeding over drug crimes committed in Chicago which prompted the United States to declare him wanted.
Impeccable sources told Pointblanknews.com that some APC chieftains introduced Senator Kashamu to Yusuf Buhari, the son of President Buhari and the brother of the First Lady called Alhaji Yola. The duo then took the desperate Buruji to some friends of the President who then took the matter to the President’s top aides.
The two top aides of the President turned out to be the chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and the National Security Adviser, NSA, Mohammed Babagana
Monguno. Both men were alleged to have agreed that the embattled PDP Senator settle some Judges for the extradition case to be killed.
Acting on the advice of the top Buhari aides, Buruji was alleged to have approached a Judge who took him to the Judge handling his case at a Lagos Court whom he allegedly gave $1million, according to a source familiar with the case who does not want to be named.
The source added that buruji further doled out another $1million to the Chief of Staff and the NSA and another undisclosed amount to the son of the President and the first lady’s cousin.
Both young men have been the toast of politicians seeking favours from the Presidency. The duo has been seen in Senator Kashamu’s house on several occasions.
The hitherto unknown son of the President has been besieged by politicians who see him as his father’s confidant and pressure him to collect money for favours.
Following moves by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to effect the arrest of Senator kashamu immediately after his election, the senator approached a Lagos High Court seeking to prevent the agency from arresting him.
With two court orders, the NDLEA which had refused to vacate his Lagos residence eventually left Kashamu following pressure on the agency to respect the rule of law. Nigeria has an extradition treaty with the United States on drug and other related crimes.
It would be recalled that in the decision of the US District Court, in May 2013, Judge Charles Norgle had held that Mr. Kashamu had done everything within his power, including document forgery as well as political pressure, to frustrate his trial in the U.S.
A previous request to extradite Kashamu from Britain failed in 2003. Kashamu spent five years in a British jail before he was freed over
uncertainty about his identity. He was carrying $230,000 when he was arrested there.
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