LNBA, Supreme Court At Loggerheads Over Nwabudike’s Expulsion

The Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) and the Supreme Court of Liberia are embroiled in a serious scuffle over the status of expelled Cllr. Nwabudike, the former chair of Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission from the Bar Association.

According to the Monday, August 30, 2021 Edition of the Daily Observer, Justices of the Supreme Court unanimously consented after days of consultative hearings that LNBA doesn’t have the legal power to expel the membership of Ndubuisi Nwabudike from the Bar Association.

Meanwhile, information gathered by Dakpanah 24 said that some members of LNBA have resolved to oppose any attempt by the Supreme Court to reinstate the debarred counsellor.

In a related development, recently the Supreme Court in its judgement cancelled out the verdict of LNBA to eject Nwabudike, but rather suspended him from practicing law in Liberia for the period of six months.

However, several lawyers of the Bar Association have threatened to turn a blind eye to the decision of the Supreme Court, which, among other things, is compelling the Bar Association to reinstate expelled Cllr. Nwabudike’s membership the six- month suspension period is served.

“Nobody, including the Justices who are themselves members of the Bar Association, would compel us to undermine the legitimacy of this noble profession to reinstate the this criminal we had rooted out of the LNBA,” a senior Supreme Court lawyer who asked for anonymity intimated.

Speaking further, he avowed, ” We have taken the decision against him and we are not going to change any action against Nwabudike.”

It can be recalled the controversies surrounding Cllr. Nwabudike’s dual nationality came in limelight in November 2020 when he was invited by the Liberian Senate to hear his confirmation as NEC Chair designate, and since then the debarred lawyer has been in a perpetual diatribe with his colleagues who claimed that he acquired his Liberian Citizenship through a fraudulent means as indicated by his birth certificate and passport.

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