A human rights group in Nigeria, the Centre for Human Rights and social Justice (CHRSJ) has called on the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to obey the order of the court on its illegal storming of the residential house of Ogun State Senate-elect, Prince Buruji Kashamu over an alleged drug related offences in the United States of America (USA), urging the anti-narcotic agency to respect the law of the land by vacating the Kashamu’s resident immediately as being ordered by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday. Reacting to the media report that the officials of the NDLEA were yet to vacate the Kashamu’s house after the ruling of the court of competent jurisdiction that directed the agency to do so, through a signed Statement by the group’s Executive Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, which a copy was made available to newsmen yesterday, urged the officials of the agency to vacate the Kashamu’s residence in respect to the rule of law as an organization set up by law through the amended 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Comrade Sulaiman who strongly condemned the refusal of the NDLEA to vacate the Kashamu’s house at the wake of competent court of jurisdiction injunction, described the NDLEA’s action as unconstitutional, illegal, barbaric, evil and poking finger into the eyes of the law of the land, urging that the long hand of the law should deal with the agency in no distance time for flouting the court order as nobody above the law of the land.
Rights activist who stressed that flagrant disobedience of court order by government institution has been the bane of judicial problem in our democratic life, insisting that former Nigeria President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo institutionalized the flagrant disobedience of court order between 1999 to 2003, supporting his argument with the ruling of the Supreme Court which ordered that Chief Obasanjo led Federal Government to pay the legitimate monthly allocation of the twenty(20) Local Government areas of Lagos State from Federation Account which accumulated to thirty-four(34) months but he(Obasanjo) refused to obey the court judgment and everything was now history in our national life.
According to Sulaiman, “We believe that it is a must for National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to obey the court order on Prince Buruji Kashamu and they should know that the era of impunity is over in the country. Order of the court should be obeyed and nobody or institution should see himself or itself as above the law of the land. We are not saying that Prince Kashamu should not be facing the charge of drug related offences, if found wanton on the allegation but what we are saying is that due process of law should be followed and jungle justice should not be the order of the day on the matter. Also, nobody, no matter his or her position in the society should influence the temple of justice against any legitimate citizen of the country.
“Disobedience of court order shows lack of discipline on the part of the authority of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and it is better for them to rescind their decision before the long hand of law catches the agency. Flagrant disobedience of court order by the government institutions and those in position of authority has been the hydride headed problem facing the judicial system in Nigeria, but as a democrat to the core and law abiding organization in Nigeria, we would not allow this impunity to go unchallenged. NDLEA should do away with the advice of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo that they should not obey the court order on Prince Buruji Kashamu. Obasanjo remains the lawless leader Nigeria ever produced and Illegal invasion of Kashamu’s residence by NDLEA’s officials still remain the infringement on the fundamental human rights of the Ogun State Senator-elect as bonafide citizens of this country”.
He therefore called on the Federal Government under the leadership of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to call the agency to order before they set the bad precedent in our judicial process in the land.