Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court Lagos on the 23rd of June 2015 affirmed the validity of another court’s judgement restraining the extradition process of Senator Buriji Kashumu representing Ogun East senatorial district to the United States to face drug charges and also ruled on the contempt application filed by Senator Kashumu.
Though Justice Buba considered it unnecessary to rule on the contempt application as another judge, Justice Abang had ruled on a similar application, he however enjoined both the Attorney General of the federation and the NDLEA to obey the order of the court and await the determination of the appeal. An extract of the proceedings can be found in Guardian newspaper dated 24th June 2015; http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/06/court-affirms-judgment-halting-kashamus-extradition/ .
So Senator Buruji Kashumu can breathe a sigh of relief for now and await the outcome of the appeal. But has the judicial process been used to merely delay justice in the fight against corruption or deny justice?
Contributed by Uchechi Dibiaezue