LIBERIA: Cllr. A. Ndubusi Nwabudike Withdraws Case Against Gov’t At The Civil Law Court

Cllr. Nwabudike Photo credit: FPA

Cllr. A. Ndubusi Nwabudike who recently got drown in citizenship controversial after he was nominated by the Liberian leader, President George Manneh Weah as National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman , has finally withdrew his case at the Sixth Judicial Circuit or the Civil Law Court against the Liberian government.

Cllr. Nwabudike who is currently the Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), after the Liberia National Bar Association requested for his deportation, recently Cllr. Nwabudike’s team of filed an application at the  Civil Law Court against the Government of Liberia seeking to restore his constitutional rights as a citizen of Liberia.

The move came in the wake of Criminal Court ‘B’ report that there is no document in the archive of the court to prove that Cllr. Nwabudike is a naturalized Liberian citizen as he claims.

Cllr. Nwabudike, defending his Liberian citizenship at the Senate, testified that although he was born to Nigerian parents, he opted to naturalize as a Liberian in 1982 at age 17 year.

The revelation by Cllr. Nwabudike sparked huge indignation from Senators and a large segment of the public including opposition political parties and civil society organizations, and led President George Weah to flip flop on his decision and withdrew his nomination.

However, Cllr. Nwabudike’s trouble did not end with his rejection to head the Voting House as the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA), the very professional body he has been a member of for many years, announced that it was launching an investigation to determine if he achieved his Liberian nationality in 1982 legally.

While the LNBA’s investigation is ongoing, Human Rights Lawyer, Cllr. Finley Karngar flew to Criminal Court B at the Temple of Justice, requesting the court to make available every document that would authenticate whether Cllr. Nwabudike is a legally naturalized Liberian. But the court in response said it did not find any document in its archive to prove that he is a Liberian.

“This is to certify that after a perusal of the records of this Honorable Court on the herein above named person (Augustus Ndubusi Nwabudike) regarding his naturalization of May A. D. 1982, we have not found any document up to the issuance of this certificate,” wrote Ben George Teah, Clerk of Court in a statement issued on Monday, April 6.

Teah continued: “In furtherance of our check, we communicated with the Liberia Immigration Service and they replied that after a thorough search of their records, they have not found any information on the aforesaid individual regarding his legal residence status or naturalization.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.