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Nigerian-Liberian lawyer in a fight for his career in Liberia

Nigerian-Liberian lawyer, Councillor, Ndubuisi A. Nwabudike is in a fight of his life to save his career after his expulsion by the Liberian Bar Association over Liberian citizenship status.

Cllr. Nwabudike had recently been confirmated by the Liberian Senate as the Chairman of Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, during the hearing he had maintained that he is a Liberian and insisted that his nationality cannot be queried.

He also told member of the senate that “not only do I have a Liberian nationality but my nationality cannot be queried and my patriotism and allegiance is not in doubt.”

He was later appointed by President George Weah to head the National Elections Commission.

During the confirmation hearing the question about his Liberian citizenship came to centre stage again and was eventually, the ground for his rejection by the Liberian Senate.

Following the denial of his confirmation and subsequent withdrawal of his nomination by the Liberian president George Weah, the Liberia Bar Association expelled him from the body.

Cllr. Nwabudike said he was born to a Nigerian father by a Liberian mother and had served as the Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC) before heading the LACC following his confirmation by the Liberian Senate.

He also graduated from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law under the status of a citizen of Liberia and admitted to the Liberia National Bar Association where has been practicing law for many years.

Cllr. Nwabudike in order to seek redress has gone to the Supreme Court of Liberia to challenge the decision of the legal body.

His team of lawyers, headed by Cllr. Alexander Zoe filed a five-count-petition to the Supreme Court before her honor, Associate Justice Jamesetta Howard-Wolokollie, who currently serves as the Justice-In-Chambers to undo the LNBA’s action.

Nwabudike’s lead Lawyer Cllr. Zoe contended that the Bar lacks legal authority to expel his client. Cllr. Zoe’s petition wants Justice Wolokollie overturn said decision taken on the basis of his citizenship credential and as such; an alternative writ of prohibition must be issued to stop the LNBA.

An alternative writ directs the recipient to immediately act, or desist and show cause why the directive should not be taken.

A Liberian senator, Mr. Darius Dillon from the opposition Liberty Party-LP, said recently that it was time for Cllr. Nwabudike to be deported because he lied under oath.

“I think this man needs to be deported. He should not even be at the LACC. He is fighting for survival now,” he said.

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