I dont Like Buruji Kashamu But HIs Warrantless Arrest By NDLEA Is A Constitutional And Human Rights Violation

By on May 24, 2015

HABA! THIS IS SOOO WRONG! YES, I DONT LIKE BURUJI KASHAMU BUT IT IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG FOR THE POLICE TO ARREST HIM IN HIS HOUSE WITHOUT WARRANT!!! At the risk of alienating some of my friends today, I just have to SPEAK OUT against the injustice going in our country on against one of the suspected drug dealers in Nigeria, Buruji Kashamu.

The age old truth is that WHEN YOU KEEP SILENT IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU DONT LIKE YOUR NEIGHBOR, ONE DAY THAT SAME FACE OF TYRANNY WILL SHOW UP IN YOUR HOUSE!

Buruji Kashamu, a Senator Elect in NIgeria, is reportedly wanted in the USA for being the Mastermind of a Drug Ring in that country over 12 years ago, but as the Chicago court of appeal recently pointed out in a case on the matter, the USA authorities have not even formally filed official extradiciton request with Nigeria. Yet, our government sent heavily armed policement to his house ON SATURDAY to forcefully arrest him IN HIS HOUSE WITHOUT ANY WARRANT FROM A NIGERIAN JUDGE OR EVEN FOREIGN JUDGE.

I am personally affrronted that many Nigerians were APPLAUDING this LAWLESSNESS by our police simply because we all believe Burji Kashamu was guilty. Defintiely, it is probable the man may ultimately found guilty, but the fact remains THE MAN HAS NOT EVEN BEEN CHARGED FOR ANY OFFENCE IN NIGERIA and he HAS NOT BEEN FOUND GUILTY of any offence ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

In the ONLY CASE AGAISNT HIM, He was actually declared NOT GUILTY yes, In UNITED KINGDOM where he was TRIED FOR THE SAME CHARGE, he was actually DISCHARGED AND AQUITTED by the U.K COURTS!!! So, why are we so sure he is guilty? Where is hte evidence?

So, as an attorney I am asking Nigerians, WHY MUST WE LET OUR PERSONAL SUSPICIONS rise to the level of definite guilt and allow a man yet to be found guilty of anything be harrased right before our eyes?. Buruji may still be dirty of what he is accused of but I am 100% for the fact that we should NOT convict him by herd-decision without any official and preoved facts. Emotional self-righteous indignation does NOT exault any nation.

I am defintiely saying that IF IT IS OKAY TO GO AND ARREST AND HARRASS KASHAMU BASED on YET-TO-BE PROVED ALLEGATIONS, THEN WHY ARE WE NOT USING THAT SAME JUDGEMENT TO ARREST SOME OF THE LEADERS THAT WE LOVE BUT WHO FACE THE SAME SUSPICIONS OF CORRUPTION AND CRIMES?

FOR INSTANCE, It is an open secret that MANY NIGERIANS suspect that ASHIWAJU BOLA HAMMED is corrupt and has harnessed a big portion of the Lagos commonwealth. One of our National TV Stations, AIT even published a very damning documentary on him recently but I remember that we ALL SHOUTED ‘BLUE MURDER!’ AGAINST AIT. I even wrote a very scathing article against AIT, and PAID MY OWN MONEY to promote it too, FOR the station DARING TO ‘CONVICT’ THE APC LEADER BASED ON RUMOURS AND YET TO BE OFFICIALLY PROVED FACTS.

I felt strongly enough against the action against Ashiwaju that I spent my own money promoting the article against AIT (and to date it remained one of my most viewed articles online with over 1m views on social media). So I would be a hypocrite to now say it is not okay to do it against Kashamu simply becos I dont like the man. Most nIgerians also agreed with me that AIT was out of line for accusing Tinubu of corruption when the man has NOT BEEN CHARGED OR OCNVICTED OF ANY CORRUPTION CHARGES.

So, my question to NIgerians is WHY SHOULD IT BE OKAY FOR YOU TO PROTEST AGAINST ACCUSATIONS AGAINST BOLA TINUBU and NOT OKAY TO DO THE SAME FOR BURUJI KASHAMU? Is our PRINCIPLE SELECTIVE IN THIS COUNTRY? Why should we protest the illegal and warrantless deployment of police and soldiers to Asiwaju’s house during the elections, and not protest the deployment of the police siege against buruji Kashamu’s house when no court gave them permission to do so?

This whole oppressive action against Buruji Kashamu is further made eggregious by the fact that KASHAMU HAS ACTUALLY GONE TO COURT TO PREVENT A VIOLATION OF HIS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND ANY WARRANTLESS AND UNLAWFUL ARREST AND EXTRADITION TO USA AND COURT HAS RESERVE RULING TILL MAY 27TH. So we must ask: What major development happened this saturday to make the NDLEA sent out a swat team to a man’s house on SATURDAY without any court order? Why cant the police wait TILL COURT RULES ONE WAY OR ANOTHER on MAY 27TH (3 days away)?. Why should we allow our police to IGNORE COURT PROCESS and then try to abduct and repatriate a Nigerian to the USA for crimes he has not been convicted of?

I AM MOST DEFINITELY UPSET AND I AM SHOUTING IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS. IT IS WRONG AND WRONG IS WRONG!!! Really, would America treat its own citizen’s right with impunity simply to repatriate him to Nigeria to face trial? WHAT HAPPENED OT THOSE INDICTED IN THE HALIBURTON SCANDALS AGAINST OUR OIL SECTOR A WHILE BACK? How many of them has USA repatriated to nIgeria ot face trial? ARE WE SO STUPID AS A COUNTRY? I am definitely beside myself this morning.

LAW IS LAW AND PRINCIPLES ARE PRINCIPLES. What is good for the goose should be good for the gander. If we allow this impunity against Kashamu to stand becos we all hate him (rightfully or wrongfully so is irrelevant here) then one day it will happen to someone we really love and this will be a precedent they will point to.

About Dr. Ope Banwo

Dr. Ope Banwo is an Attorney; Pastor; Business Consultant; Author; Motivational Speaker, and Corporate Solutions Provider. He holds several degrees in Law including a Bachelors, Masters and a Ph.D. He was admitted to the Nigerian Bar (1986), New York Bar (1997) and Federal Court of Nebraska (1997) in the United States. Ope Banwo has written several published books on different topics over the years including bestsellers in Christianity; Lifestyle; and Business such as The Kingdompreneur, Overcoming The Gideon Complex, The Kingdom Citizen, The Return of The Prodigal; The Blessings of Adversity; African Internet Business Manifesto; Confessions Of A Guru-Wannabe; Social Media Marketing Genesis; Offline-Online Business Manifesto, Digital Marketing Without Tears For Company Executives etc. Deeply committed to public service and service to humanity, Dr Ope Banwo has also initiated several public initiatives including the Ghetto Dreamz Foundation to empower economically-disadvantaged Youths; The Omega Wealth Club to teach youths legitimate ways to employ themselves online; The Kingdompreneur Academy to impact Christians in Business and the Nigerian Market Ombudsman to ensure transparency, accountability and fairness in the market place.

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