By Onozure Dania
LAGOS—THE Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has reserved judgment in the extradition suit filed against Senator Buruji Kashamu, by the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, on behalf of the Federal Government.
The Federal Government is seeking Kashamu’s extradition to the United States of America, USA, to face alleged criminal charges on drug-related offences.
The three-man panel led by Justice Joseph Ikhegh, yesterday, reserved judgment in the extradition suit, after parties had adopted their written addressees.
While urging the court to grant the Federal Government’s suit against the senator, Mr. Emeka Ngige, SAN, told the court that the appellant’s suit was dated October 31, 2017, and filed on the same date.
Ngige said that the issues raised by the respondent (Kashamu), in his preliminary objection were ‘hearsay evidence’, which formed the basis of the judgment of the suit at Federal High Court.
Ngige also told the court that he had responded to the preliminary objection that was filed by Kashamu on January 24, 2018, and urged the court to dismiss the preliminary objection and grant the appeal filed by the Federal government.
Kashamu’s lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, who urged the court to dismiss the Federal Government’s appeal, told the court that they filed a preliminary objection dated November 7, 2017.