Buruji Kashamu, a man indicted in the United States for allegedly drugs, heroine precisely, in a case that inspired the Netflix TV hit “Orange Is The New Black” has been elected a senator in Nigeria.
In 2003, Kashamu flew home to Great Britain, despite having been indicted in Chicago in 1998 for conspiracy to import and distribute heroin in the United States. While Kashamu maintains that the indictment is the result of mistaken identity, the charges are still pending. Kashamu claims that the courts are confusing him with his deceased brother. The same year he flew home to Britain, a British court refused an extradition request put in by the United States due to the uncertainty. Soon after, Kashamu became a major donor to the party of former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, who was elected to office in the country in 2010. Jonathan was openly criticized for his association and protection of Kashamu by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Kashamu said in a statement to the AP,
“I have never lived in or visited the United States of America and have never been involved in any narcotics or criminal activities in the United States of America,” he said. “I am a free citizen of Nigeria, an employer of labor and a politician with legitimate sources of income. I do not have anything to hide. I am neither afraid of anyone nor am I running away from the law.”
With the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari vowing to fight corruption in the country Nigeria, it is fair to raises eyebrows and question the new development.
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