A Drug Kingpin Wanted in The US Wins Nigerian Senatorial Seat

Date: 31-03-2015 10:46 am (7 years ago) | Author: Bayo Nelson
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Prince Buruji Kashamu, a wealthy Nigerian businessman with a checkered past, has surprised many in the southwestern Ogun State by winning a senate seat for president Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The PDP lost most of the seats it contested in this weekend’s elections.
But that isn't the most remarkable thing about Kashamu.

For 17 years he has been wanted in the United States for allegedly acting as the kingpin of a drug smuggling and money laundering ring. It was the same operation that landed American author Piper Kerman in jail for a year and inspired her memoir Orange Is The New Black. Kashamu strenuously denies the charges and claims it’s a case of mistaken identity; he says the US really wants his late brother.
There has been talk at times in Nigeria about extraditing him to the US. But being a strong supporter of the PDP, which has run Nigeria for the past 16 years, the move always seemed unlikely. Although former president Olusegun Obasanjo wanted him kicked out, he never managed it. Now Kashamu is going to sworn in as a senator, making the possibility even more remote.
Kashumu has proved an extremely slippery figure for US authorities, in an incident in 2013:
The case has frustrated prosecutors there, in part because they once had Kashamu in their grasp but lost him. English authorities arrested him when he landed there in 1998 and held him for five years during extradition hearings. Ultimately, however, British courts let Kashamu go after ruling that Chicago prosecutors had tainted their eyewitness identification evidence by failing to disclose that one of his co-defendants failed to pick him out of a photo lineup.
Kerman’s 2010 book about her time in jail was adapted into the critically acclaimed Netflix series of the same name. Most of the characters in the TV show are inspired by her experience, but her bosses have not been portrayed as Nigerian. However, Kerman’s book references a Nigerian kingpin known only as “Alaji”:
A little bit of Web research revealed that the man I knew as Alaji was a wealthy and powerful businessman-gangster in Africa, and I could certainly imagine that he might have connections that could make pesky things like extradition treaties go away.

Typically, “Alhaji” is a title used by Nigerian Muslims who have made the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Kashumu is a Muslim.
The US government’s most recent offer for Kashumu to answer his charges included some helpful travel advice, If the Nigerian politician and businessman who was the alleged kingpin behind that ring wants the case to finally go away, he'll have to hop on a plane to Chicago, a U.S. Appeals Court has ruled.
And the 7th Circuit was even nice enough to give fugitive Prince Buruji Kashamu a hint where he can find “reasonably priced flights” from Lagos to Chicago


Posted: at 31-03-2015 10:46 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
- erhubeauty at 31-03-2015 11:02 AM (7 years ago)
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Him try
Posted: at 31-03-2015 11:02 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Jasitop at 31-03-2015 11:25 AM (7 years ago)
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Who's really innocent?  The man knows his beans
Posted: at 31-03-2015 11:25 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Gold777 at 31-03-2015 11:55 AM (7 years ago)
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What abt Tinubu?
Posted: at 31-03-2015 11:55 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- freethinker at 31-03-2015 12:03 PM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: Gold777 on 31-03-2015 11:55 AM
What abt Tinubu?
Remain blessed!
Posted: at 31-03-2015 12:03 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- freethinker at 31-03-2015 12:04 PM (7 years ago)
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WHAT ABOUT TINUBU AND WIFE DRUG BARONS?
Posted: at 31-03-2015 12:04 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- shalomvic at 31-03-2015 12:07 PM (7 years ago)
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Seen
Posted: at 31-03-2015 12:07 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- bankadetoun at 31-03-2015 12:35 PM (7 years ago)
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Ok
Posted: at 31-03-2015 12:35 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- beneno at 31-03-2015 12:53 PM (7 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 31-03-2015 12:53 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- echeeche at 31-03-2015 01:14 PM (7 years ago)
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Nawooo
Posted: at 31-03-2015 01:14 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- Troublemenot at 31-03-2015 04:15 PM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: Gold777 on 31-03-2015 11:55 AM
What abt Tinubu?

How do you know i am about to ask the same question.
Posted: at 31-03-2015 04:15 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- zoe61 at 31-03-2015 05:29 PM (7 years ago)
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PDP is full of shit
Posted: at 31-03-2015 05:29 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- Larry28 at 31-03-2015 09:36 PM (7 years ago)
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This man as been wasting me for himself and GEJ.. given out rice nd kerosin and 2k for anyone that voted for PDP.. most in ijebu north.. ijebu Igbo precisely....
Posted: at 31-03-2015 09:36 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- ajanni at 1-04-2015 09:04 PM (7 years ago)
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whenever the USA make a request, they will give him out
Posted: at 1-04-2015 09:04 PM (7 years ago) | Grande Master
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- PoliticxGuru at 19-08-2015 10:13 PM (7 years ago)
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Wahala
Posted: at 19-08-2015 10:13 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- elchymo at 21-08-2015 05:52 AM (7 years ago)
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Dis guy na criminal oo
Posted: at 21-08-2015 05:52 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- moralemike07 at 21-08-2015 06:20 AM (7 years ago)
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Naija.
Posted: at 21-08-2015 06:20 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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