Lagos deputy gov, Hamzat took U.S oath of allegiance – Immigration lawyer tells tribunal

Immigration lawyer, Mrs Olubusayo Fasidi, on Thursday, June 22, 2023 told the Lagos State Election Petition Tribunal that Lagos Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat took an oath of allegiance in the U.S. to renounce his Nigerian citizenship.
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Immigration lawyer, Mrs Olubusayo Fasidi, on Thursday, June 22, 2023 told the Lagos State Election Petition Tribunal that Lagos Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat took an oath of allegiance in the U.S. to renounce his Nigerian citizenship.

Vanguard reports that Fasidi, a Nigerian, was led in evidence by Dr Olumide Ayeni (SAN), counsel to the petitioner, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party. According to the witness, Hamzat, the third respondent in the petition, also applied for naturalization as contained in Forms 8CFR/337 and N400.

 

Aveni tendered the documents to the three-man tribunal which was objected to by counsel to all the respondents, saying that the reason

for their objection would be included in their final written addresses.

Counsel to Independent National

Electoral Commission, INEC, Mr Eric Ogiegor, during cross-examination of the witness, said that an individual could enjoy dual citizenship. She, however, said that she was not aware of the provision of Nigeria’s 1999

Constitution that dealt with dual citizenship.

While presenting her testimony in court, Fasidi said that she was subpoenaed before the tribunal to explain U.S. law and not Nigeria’s Constitution.

Counsel to Hamzat and the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Bode Olanipekun, asked the witness to disclose the jurisdiction and date

Hamzat applied for naturalisation but she said she would not, because the information was protected by Privacy Act of 1974. The All Progressives Congress (APC) counsel, Norris Quakers, asked the witness if she was aware that Hamzat disclosed his American citizenship.

The witness replied in the affirmative, and Quakers thereafter argued that the witness addressed issues of law and not those of facts.

The tribunal led by Justice Arum Ashom, while admitting all the documents in evidence, ordered counsel to the respondents to include their objections in their final written addresses. The other members of the tribunal include:

Justice Mikail Abdullah and Justice I.P. Braimoh.

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