Meet the Nigerian indicted in US for drug deal who’s now elected Senator in Nigeria



This is an exclusive report by Associated Press and

it’s about PDP Chieftain, Buruji Kashamu. Read the

report below…

A man indicted in America for allegedly

smuggling heroin, in a court case that

was the basis for the TV hit “Orange Is

The New Black,” has been elected a

senator in Nigeria.

Buruji Kashamu was little known before

he returned home in 2003 from Britain

despite a U.S. extradition order to

become a major financier of President

Jonathan’s party.

Election results posted late Wednesday

identify Kashamu as a senator-elect in

southwest Ogun state. Opponents are

challenging his victory in court, saying

ballots were rigged.

Kashamu, 56, hung up the phone twice when the AP

called for comment about the drug case on Thursday.

Kashamu has said he is “a clean businessman” and

that the 1998 indictment by a grand jury in the

Northern District of Illinois for conspiracy to import

and distribute heroin in the United States is a case of

mistaken identity. He has said Chicago prosecutors

really want the dead brother he closely resembles.

A British court refused a U.S. extradition request in

2003 over uncertainty about Kashamu’s identity.

Chicago Judge Richard Posner thought otherwise

when he refused a motion to dismiss Kashamu’s case

last year.

A dozen people were long ago tried and jailed in the

case, including American Piper Kerman, whose

memoir about her jail time became the Netflix hit

“Orange Is The New Black.” Kerman’s book never

identified Kashamu by name, but there is a West

African drug kingpin whom she calls “Alhaji,” meaning

one who has completed the haj or pilgrimage to


A Nigerian federal court last year ordered Kashamu’s

extradition, an order upheld by an appeals court. But

Nigeria’s government has not extradited him.

That failure caused Olusegun Obasanjo, a former

president, to warn that “drug barons … will buy

candidates, parties and eventually buy power or be in

power themselves.”

Jonathan’s perceived protection of Kashamu was a

factor that led Obasanjo to defect from the ruling party

before recent elections to the opposition that won

most votes in Ogun, the home state of Kashamu and


Kashamu is suing Obasanjo for libel for stating that

Kashamu is a fugitive from U.S. justice. He had won a

court order halting publication of Obasanjo’s

autobiography but a judge this week rescinded it,

saying Kashamu had misled the court. Obasanjo’s

lawyer argued that the truth cannot be libel.

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, a former military

dictator who had people jailed for littering in the

1980s, has promised to fight corruption. That has

many politicians fearful in a country where corruption

is endemic.

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