The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, last night vacated the siege mounted on the Lekki, Lagos residence of senator-elect, Prince Buruji Kashamu, after six days. They left at exactly 7:45pm, after first tightening the siege that for six days saw the Ogun state born chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP restricted to the toilet in his bedroom.
His media aide, Mr Austin Oniyokor, confirmed the departure of the NDLEA operatives saying that Kashamu was presently attending to his health and would speak to the media after recovering.
Expressing thanks to the judiciary for the intervention that led to the development, Oniyokor said: “We also salute the judiciary for once again rising to the occasion and proving yet that it is truly the last hope of the common man and the oppressed. We are grateful that the judiciary has again affirmed Prince Buruji Kashamu’s innocence of the charges against him, thus turning for good what was meant for evil.
“Our appreciation also goes to the media, civil society groups, student bodies and all well-meaning Nigerians for their prayers, support and solidarity during the period.
“After attending to his health, Prince Kashamu will address the media, Nigerians and the whole world on his ordeal and the intricate web of political intrigues behind the wicked attempt to abduct him for no just cause using the instrument and machinery of state.”
Earlier in the day, the operatives tightened the siege with the addition of more operatives to the operation around the residence. The development quickly brought the harsh rebuke of Kashamu’s lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede who disclosed that the six day incarceration had stated taking its toll on the health of his client who he said has made complaints of health problems ranging from blood circulation blockage, palpitation and general body pains.
Earlier in the day, the standoff between the politician and the NDLEA drew protests from women groups and students of tertiary institutions in Ogun State who lamented what they called the infringement of Kashamu’s rights by the NDLEA.