Senator Buruji Kashamu has died at the First Cardiology Consultants Hospital, Lagos, where he was receiving treatment for coronavirus related disease. He was aged 62.
Kashamu served as a Senator representing Ogun East in the 8th National Assembly. Ogun East covers eleven local government areas: Ijebu North East, Ijebu North, Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu East, Ikenne, Ipokia, Odogbolu, Obafemi Owode, Remo North, Sagamu, and Ogun Waterside. He was the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on States and Local Government.
Senator Kashamu reportedly died of complications from coronavirus according to multiple reports now confirmed by Senator Ben Murray Bruce.
Senator Kashamu was the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on States and Local Government. He then contested the Governorship of the Ogun elections during the 2019 polls along with Nigerian columnist, Mr Reuben Abati as deputy Governor.
He was a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Ogun State. He was appointed as the chairman, Organization and Mobilization Committee of the PDP in the South West zone of Nigeria.
In 2018, he was expelled from the People’s Democratic Party, a decision later voided by an Abuja High Court in October 2018. He was the 2019 Ogun State gubernatorial election candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.
In 1998, Kashamu was arrested in the United Kingdom on drugs-related charges after trying to enter the country with $230,000 in cash. He was acquitted and released in 2003. British authorities refused a US extradition request on drugs charges, citing concerns about his identity, the Federal Government announced its intention to deport him to the US on multiple occasions. He sought protection in the court.
An official statement from the family is yet to be made available to newsmen as at press time.