Kashamu backs down, withdraws N20bn libel suit against Obasanjo


By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA – Determined to wriggle out of the extradition net ‎that is threatening to envelope him,‎ Senator Buruji Kashamu has withdrawn the N20billion libel suit he filed against former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Kashamu who is representing Ogun-East Senatorial ‎District, persuaded Justice Valentine Ashi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting at Wuse Zone 2, to terminate further hearing on his case against Obasanjo.

This is even as Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Abuja Division o‎f the Federal High Court has slated June 25 to commence hearing on the extradition application that was entered against him by the Federal Government.

The extradition application marked FHC/ABJ/CS/479/2015, which was filed on May 28, was predicated on a request by the Embassy of the United States of America for the Nigerian government to surrender Kashamu to face one count of drug related charge before the United States District Court for the Northern Illinois, Eastern Division.

Kashamu.had earlier begged the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, to protect him from alleged plot by former President Obasanjo to connive with ‎security agencies and bundle him to the US to face dog related charges.

It will be recalled that the plaintiff who is a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had on December 5, 2014, convinced Justice Ashi to restrain Obasanjo from publishing his auto-biography entitled ‘My Watch’.


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