Nigerian Senator-Elect Refuses U.S. Extradition on Drug Charges

Buruji Kashamu

Nigerian Senator-Elect Refuses U.S. Extradition on Drug Charges

Buruji Kashamu placed on house arrest in Lagos, claims mistaken identity.

Published May 25, 2015

A Nigerian senator-elect claims U.S. drug charges are a case of mistaken identity, and refused to appear at an extraidition hearing Monday, reports CBS News.

Buruji Kashamu was placed under house arrest at his home in Lagos Saturday (May 23), over the nearly 20-year-old drug allegations. The 56-year-old says police don't have an arrest warrant, and therefore refused to attend today's hearing. “About six fully armed, hooded and menacing-looking operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency are right inside his bedroom with his wife, children and other members of his immediate family!” his spokesperson, Austin Oniyokor, confirmed. 


Kashamu says authorities actually want his dead brother. Supporters have rallied to stop what has been called a “political victimization” of Kashamu, who financially endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan’s failed bid.

In 1998, a federal jury in Illinois indicted Kashamu for conspiracy to import and distribute heroine. Piper Kerman, the woman whose story was adapted into the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, was among the offenders who pleaded guilty in the drug case. 

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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