The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has made a U-Turn on its initial stance not to vacate the residence of the Senator-elect for Ogun East Senatorial District, Prince Buruji Kashamu.
A special team of the anti-narcotics agency had since on Saturday morning laid siege to the senator-elect’s Lekki Phase 1 home in Lagos, saying it had received a formal request to extradite Kashamu to the U.S to answer drug related charges.
The PDP chieftain’s lawyer, Alex Iziyon (SAN), had in an oral application made before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday, sought an order declaring the siege on his client’s house as illegal – the court ruled in his favour. But the NDLEA stood its ground, saying its action was in line with the rule of law.
However, in a twist of events on Wednesday, the spokesman of the agency, Mr. Mitchel Ofoyeju, said that the NDLEA, as a government agency and a law enforcement institution that has respect for the rule of law, will abide by the decisions of a competent court.
“This is a legal issue and the agency has windows of opportunities to explore legally in advancing its course. NDLEA will not violate court orders or take law into its hands in enforcing its statutory responsibilities.
“The media shall be duly informed of further developments”, he said.