For the second time in the last one month, attempts by Ogun State PDP senator, representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kasamu to stop police from inviting him has suffered another setback as the Inspector General of Police insisted before the court that he has a constitutional responsibility to arrest Buruji Kasamu.
The Ogun East senator had approached the Federal High Court, Abuja asking it to stop the Inspector General of Police from arresting him on the plot to assassinate another lawmaker, Honourable Oladipupo Adebutu in Port Harcourt, claiming that it was a ploy to arrest and bundle him to United States of America to face criminal charges on drug related offences for which he had been allegedly declared wanted.
The police has invited Kasamu severally to come and answer charges bothering on attempts to assassinate a fellow lawmaker, and invitation which the senator had turned down repeatedly.
Kasamu himself had written petitions to the police, and even when he was invited to come and substantiate claims he made in his petitions he has been avoiding going to the offices of the security agencies which has become a source of surprise to all operatives in the various security agencies.
According to a close security source, “Buruji Kasamu believes he has all the security agencies and some top officers under his control. He has so much confidence in his contacts within the police force and other security agencies and makes open boasts about this anytime opportunities present itself. So, instead of going to police stations or other offices, he summons some officers to his own house to come and take his statements, which most times are often written for him by some of the officers”
“In fact, some officers have had to go and wait for him sometime ago at the interchange around midnight to go and collect his written statement which they already prepared and just had to get his signature and be rewarded.”
With the heat of the latest petition, the Ogun Senator has resorted to the court hoping to procure some court orders to stop his appearance before the police. But the IGP it was gathered, told the court that the order being sought by Kasamu was like trying to hold the hand of police and preventing it from carrying out its constitutional duties and responsibilities to secure the lives of citizens, even if it takes arresting Buruji Kasamu.
The matter has however been adjourned to 7th November, 2016.
Meanwhile, in a related matter, Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja has adjourned hearing on another matter involving the embattled senator to 15th of December, 2016. The Attorney General of the Federation ( AGF) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had filed fresh application before the court to join issues with Senator Buruji Kashamu on a a pending extradition case.