Former Ogun Senator Buruji Kashamu has died at the age of 62.
He died due to complications of COVID-19.
To clarify, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce confirmed his death in a tweet.
He wrote, “I have just lost my good friend of forever to COVID19.
“Until his death, Sen. Buruji Kashamu and I were inseparable.
“He died today at First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
“So, I pray his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this heavy loss.”
Kashamu served as a Senator representing Ogun-East in the eighth National Assembly under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He joins a list of prominent Nigerians who have succumbed to the novel coronavirus.
Former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari and former Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, have also passed on from COVID-19 complications.
However, Kashamu’s family is yet to issue an official statement regarding his death.
Buruji Kashamu Controversy
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.
However, Nigerian authorities announced their intention to deport him to the US on multiple occasions.
Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president, warned that his ongoing freedom illustrated that “drug barons … will buy candidates, parties and eventually buy power or be in power themselves”.
Observers suspect Kashamu is the real identity of “Alhaji”.
Alhaji is the drug kingpin in Piper Kerman’s book, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.