US Requests For Drug Baron Senator- Elect Kashamu’s Extradition

Buruji Kashamu

Buruji Kashamu

The government of the United States of America has begun

fresh moves to extradite Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu to

face drug trafficking charges, which he has been evading

for several years now.

This was revealed by his lawyer, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, in a

petition to the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC.

In the petition, Oluyede also accused former president,

Olusegun Obasanjo, of being behind the plot to extradite


According to Oluyede, “Kashamu’s enquiry revealed that

indeed there had been moves by US officials within the

region to secure the assistance of the head of the

INTERPOL division in Nigeria, Mr. Solomon Arase, a Deputy

Inspector General of Police, for the arrest and delivery to

the US officials of Kashamu for transportation to the US

without following the due process required by the Nigeria

Extradition Act.

“Mr. Kashamu’s informant revealed that Arase has

confirmed that Donna Chabot approached him in January

2015. The said Ms Chabot is an attaché with the

Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and

Customs Enforcement at the American Embassy route Des

Almedies BP, 49, Dakar, Senegal and requested that

INTERPOL Nigeria assist in the abduction of Kashamu for

the purpose of his forcible transportation to the U.S. to

face trial before Judge Norgel.”

According to Saharareporters, the name of the self-

acclaimed philanthropist and a stalwart of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, came up in a Court ruling dated

September 25, 2009 by Judge Charles R. Norgle of the

United States District Court in Chicago, Illinois in which the

Judge upheld Kashamu’s indictment by the U.S

government on drug trafficking charges and conspiracy to

smuggle heroin into the country. Kashamu was described

by the U.S government as the kingpin of the drug cartel.

In his response, Kashamu published several rebuttals in the

newspapers and alleged that he was not the one being

sought after by the United States Government, but that the

alleged crime was committed by one of his brothers who is

now dead. Kashamu, in his defence, also claims that he

had been cleared by a British Court and produced what

purports to be the decision of a Magistrates’ Court in

England. Kashamu also referred to his issuance of German

visa sequel to his clearance by international security

agencies as a further proof that he is not a fugitive and that

the U.S. may have been looking for a wrong person.

However, the matter is far from over as the United States

government insists that the man the U.S government is

looking for is no other person than Buruji Kashamu, not his

brother and that the government of the U.S. still regards

Buruji Kashamu as a drug kingpin and a fugitive from the

United States law.

The U.S. further states that it has never withdrawn its

warrant of arrest against Kashamu, maintaining further that

the charges against Kashamu remain pending and will

request for his extradition from Nigeria in due course.


The United States Government has also accused Buruji

Kashamu of using fraudulent means to obtain a German

Visa in 2009. The U.S government notes in its brief that

Kashamu communicated with German officials using the

name “Buruji Kashamu Shodipe” instead of Buruji

Kashamu. According to the U.S. government, Kashamu

was indicted in the United States under the name “Buruji

Kashamu” and the warrant of arrest against him was

issued in that same name. It is the position of the U.S. that

any confusion by German officials that led to the issuance

of a Schengen visa to Kashamu may have been caused by

Kashamu’s use of the surname “Shodipe” in his application

and communications with the German consulate.

Saharareporters investigation has revealed that there is

indeed, a pending criminal action against Mr. Buruji before

the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

involving fifteen people. The Case 1:94-cr-00172 is before

Hon. Judge Charles R. Norgle. While Kashamu’s other

coconspirators had been jailed, Kashamu’s case is being

held under the fugitive Calendar.

In February, 2009, Kashamu hired a team of lawyers to

appear for him in the case for the purpose of filing a

Motion requesting the Court to quash the arrest warrant

which his lawyers led by Pravin B. Rao did.

In the Motion to quash the arrest warrant, Mr. Pravin Rao

made copious reference to the United Kingdom’s

extradition proceedings in which Kashamu was freed after

spending five years in British jail. His lawyers also pleaded

res judicata and argued that the U.K. decisions are final

and should therefore, be binding on the U.S.

In its response, the United States government disagreed

with Kashamu on all four grounds and argued that

Kashamu’s Motion to quash arrest warrant should be

denied by the Court. On September, 25, 2009, the District

Court Judge upheld the U.S. position and denied

Kashamu’s Motion to quash his arrest warrant. The judge

also declared Buruji Kashamu a fugitive.

However, Kahamu’s lawyers filed another Motion praying

the Court to reconsider its decision of September 25, 2009.

Trouble started for Kashamu when in March 1994,

defendant Kary Hayes, a passenger arriving at O’Hare

International Airport (“O’Hare”) on a flight from Zurich,

Switzerland, was arrested after he tried to smuggle into the

United States a suitcase containing approximately 14.16

pounds of heroin. Hayes was one of a long line of couriers

in a heroin smuggling operation allegedly led by Kashamu.

The government charged Hayes and other couriers after

this initial arrest. Many of these couriers cooperated and

provided information about their contacts with Kashamu.

On May 21, 1998, a grand jury charged Kashamu and

others in a Second Superseding Indictment with conspiracy

to import heroin into the United States in violation of Title

21, United States Code, Section 963. Between July 7, 1998

and January 27, 1999, nine of the fourteen defendants

named in the Second Superseding Indictment pleaded

guilty. These nine defendants admitted their participation in

the heroin smuggling organization and all acknowledged

that Kashamu, the man they called “Alaji” or “God,” was the

person ultimately in charge of the heroin smuggling

organization. Some of these couriers, including defendants

Catherine Cleary Wolters and Nicholas Fillmore, Jr., had

visited with Kashamu at his residence in Benin in

connection with the heroin smuggling organization.

One of the couriers, defendant Ellen Wolters, had a

romantic relationship with Kashamu. The smuggling trips

and trips to visit Kashamu in Benin were documented by,

among other things, money transfer orders from Western

Union and American Express, flight records, credit card

charges, hotel records, and telephone call detail records.

The telephone records, for example, reflected calls from the

couriers to Kashamu’s residence in Benin.

Kashamu was ordered detained following his December

1998 arrest and he was incarcerated in London’s Brixton

Prison during the US Requests For Drug Baron Senator-

Elect Kashamu’s Extraditionpendency of extradition proceedings

based on the government’s warrant in the instant case.


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