The two institutions are responsible for naturalization and residence status in Liberia.
It can be recalled that while appearing before the Senate’s Committee on Autonomous Agencies and Commission for his confirmation hearing on April 1, 2020, Nwabulikethe committee’s members and members of the Liberian Senate that he got naturalized in 1982 at age 17 contrary to the naturalization law of Liberia that requires a person to obtain the age, 21, before applying for naturalization.
On the heel of this rigmarole as well as other controversies that resulted to President George Manneh Weah to withdraw his nomination, LIS has reportedly informed the Supreme Court of Liberia that there is no document or record in its system regarding the authenticity of Nwabudike naturalization as a Liberian citizen.
The LIS comment is predicated upon a petition file with the Supreme Court by Cllr. Finley Karnga, pleading with the Honorable Court to probe into facts and circumstances relative to Nwabudike’s allege naturalization saga.
The counselor second petition amongst other things, pleaded with the High Court to investigate from 1982 to 1983 to establish whether the recent NEC Chairman designate actually got naturalized as Liberian citizen as claimed.
Predicated upon this, the court comunicated with the Liberia Immigration Service, to establish whether or not, Cllr. Nwabudike did apply for naturalization status during the period of 1982 to 1985.
Interesting according to Cllr. Karnga, the LIS said they search found nothing regarding the NEC Chairman designate applying for naturalization standard.
Though Cllr. Karnga pray the Supreme Court to investigate the naturalization saga from 1982 to 1983, the high court deemed it necessary for the LIS to begin its investigation from 1982-1985, since Cllr. Nwabudike was a minor at the time of obtaining his naturalization status and might have forgotten so as to the exact year of obtaining the said citizenship.
Nwabudike was among several others individual recently appointed by President George Weah to serve as Chairman of the National Elections Commission, the body responsible to conduct elections in the country.
Nwabudike’s nomination sparks out serious controversy and criticism from political parties, civil society groupings, the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) of which he is a member as well as the general public.