Liberia: Supreme Court Still to Recognize Nwabudike’s Citizenship

Published: 2/Mar/2023
Source: The New Republic Liberia (Monrovia)

By R. Joyclyn Wea

After granting him his Liberian Citizenship by Civil Law Court “B” in Liberia, Cllr. Austin Ndubuisi Nwabudike’s next move has met the bottleneck with the higher court holding his approval. The Supreme Court of Liberia is yet to honor the Liberian Citizenship recently granted to him.

On February 9, 2023, Civil Law Court “B” granted Nwabudike Liberian Citizenship, after a year of controversy. But prior to that, he has been under sharp criticism from some lawyers, especially Cllr. Augustine Toe, urging various courts to prosecute him for lying.

On February 20, 2023, Nwabudike wrote the nation’s highest court to restore his counsel-at-law title to enable him to continue his legal practice at the Supreme Court which is in compliance with the Supreme Court’s mandate to follow all of the legal processes relating to obtaining Liberian citizenship.

Nwabudike also informed the court in his communication that he had complied with the high court’s mandate and has taken the oath of allegiance administered to him.

But the High Court in its response to Nwabudike’s Communication noted that the acquisition of Liberian Citizenship does not automatically restore him as a counsel-at-law, as the application needed to be filed before the full bench for the restoration status of his counselor of the Supreme Court Bar.

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Themes: Dual Nationality, Naturalisation and Marriage, Nationality of Politicians
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2023