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Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by EcoBrick: 7:06pm On Feb 23
PhD graduate who renounced his Nigerian citizenship has nowhere to go

Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma was no intellectual slouch when he arrived in SA from Nigeria on a study permit in 1998 to pursue academic studies at the University of Pretoria. His hard work saw him obtain a PhD in economics in 2003.

However, the man who became professor of public sector economics at the University of Fort Hare (UFH) in the Eastern Cape had his citizenship revoked by the ministry of home affairs after he fraudulently relied on a bigamous marriage to a South African woman to obtain naturalisation and citizenship.

Ijeoma took home affairs on review to the Bhisho high court, but in a 2020 judgment the court held the minister had not erred in finding Ijeoma had made false representations about his marital status to the department or in determining his SA citizenship was null and void.

Acting judge Mickey Mfenyana has denied Ijeoma leave to appeal her ruling, stating another court will not differ from her finding that he was disingenuous, if not dishonest, and that there was no reason to interfere with the minister’s decision.

The confirmation of the home affairs action rendering him an undesirable inhabitant of the country means Ijeoma, who previously renounced his Nigerian citizenship, has nowhere else to go.

The head of the UFH school of public administration is under suspension by the university in connection with the illegal registration of axed health MEC Sindiswa Gomba for an honours degree in public administration when she was not entitled to register for postgraduate studies.

Ijeoma was granted permanent residence in SA in the same year he graduated from Tukkies, having been exempted from immigration restrictions due to his marriage to a local woman two years earlier. In 2005 he was granted SA citizenship through naturalisation but by 2007 he had divorced his South African wife, ostensibly because the couple was unable to conceive a child.

He was then joined in SA by a Nigerian woman, Anne Tomo. Home affairs officials were tipped off that Ijeoma had committed bigamy by marrying the SA woman after Tomo in her application for permanent residence, attached a copy of her 1993 marriage to him in Nigeria.

Officials said Ijeoma’s sole mission in marrying the SA woman was to acquire citizenship.

In her original judgment, Mfenyana found Ijeoma had presented contradictory reasons for his bigamous actions — that, as an African man, he believed he was entitled to marry more than one wife; and that he represented himself as single because he was not aware SA recognised customary marriages.

She said he failed to disclose the existence of his marriage in Nigeria on three occasions: when he applied for permanent residence in SA, when he got married in the country and when he applied for citizenship.

Slating the highly qualified academic “who by his own admission is of good and sound mind and an intellectual giant”, she said it was highly improbable that, throughout his stay in the country and his encounters with immigration matters, he remained ignorant of the implications of not disclosing his Nigerian marriage.

Ijeoma told the court he obtained a permanent residence permit because of his “good and sound character” rather than his marriage to the SA woman.

He said home affairs had failed to take into account his contribution to SA as a result of his work as an academic and within the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

Mfenyana said the exemption certificate clearly indicated the marriage was the basis for his exemption and Ijeoma had also admitted during a 2015 plea for home affairs to have compassion on him, that he obtained citizenship by naturalisation as a result of the marriage.

Home affairs provided the court with the certificate for Ijeoma’s marriage in Nigeria to dispel the notion it was a customary marriage. In any case, the Nigeria Marriage Act prohibited marriage where one of the parties was already married to another person under customary law.

In two immigration submissions in SA, when he had to indicate an immediate family member still residing in Nigeria, Ijeoma listed Anne Ijeoma as his sister.

Officials also said Ijeoma would have remained a permanent resident for five years had he not been exempted because of his marriage to the SA citizen.

Mfenyana said the court’s role was not to reconsider the minister’s decision but to review it for legality and reasonableness. The court found the minister was bound by the law, which determined the misrepresentation which Ijeoma had committed was a criminal offence.

UFH spokesperson Thandi Mapukata said she would need time to check with the university’s human resources department what steps might be taken after the court’s finding against Ijeoma.

“The university wasn’t aware of this development until now. We will contact law enforcement agencies to obtain a full briefing.”

Mapukata declined to provide a reason for Ijeoma’s suspension, but Dispatch reported in October last year that it was related to Gomba’s illegal registration.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.timeslive.co.za/amp/news/south-africa/2021-02-22-fort-hare-professor-expelled-from-sa-over-bigamous-marriage/

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by NwaNimo1(m): 7:07pm On Feb 23

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by Fixey: 7:08pm On Feb 23
NwaNimo1:

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by Mikecold: 7:08pm On Feb 23
opolo eye no be open eye

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by Yankee101: 7:11pm On Feb 23
Citizenship fulani and buzu and cotonou people are looking for you're rejecting

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by Ikillbrokehoes(m): 7:24pm On Feb 23
Wahala be like tricycle

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by Enoch07: 7:25pm On Feb 23
Las Las the idiot will return

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by panambasi: 7:28pm On Feb 23
grin so he has no country? And stateless?

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by jirehUB: 7:36pm On Feb 23
With his level of education, it shouldn’t be hard for him to get another country ready to accept him.

Better not to have a country than this contraption where a terrorist Sheikh has the audacity to tell us that Bandits are not criminals but victims of their victims

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by YungMillionaire: 7:37pm On Feb 23
shocked How is it even possible for a human being to be citizenless? Na wa o! shocked

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by Authoreety: 7:37pm On Feb 23
Nice one

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by Yankee101: 7:37pm On Feb 23
2 - 0

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by Bleiz(m): 7:38pm On Feb 23
Chai!!!

We'll served

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by talk2maurice(m): 7:38pm On Feb 23
Hmm
Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by SenecaTheYonger(m): 7:38pm On Feb 23
omo, this one bad oh

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by contigiency(m): 7:39pm On Feb 23
He should never step his foots on this country. He can try Niger Republic, Tanzania or Cameroun.

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by ceaser: 7:39pm On Feb 23
Wahala for who renounce citizenship.

But no problem. The chronic unseriousness of Nigerian leaders was the reason he did that in the first place. As a prodigal son, he is welcome to take back his citizenship.

Next time, if he wants to renounce Nigerian citizenship, he should do so after he's gotten well established in liberal places like Canada, UK, Australia and maybe the US.

South Africa is like glorified Nigeria, just much better than Nigeria but nonetheless exposed to the irregularities and leadership evil that also plagues Nigeria his motherland.

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by Owooferee(m): 7:39pm On Feb 23
Make we see where e go go now

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by blamingthedevil: 7:40pm On Feb 23
Good for him
Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by Calenikan(m): 7:40pm On Feb 23
Gbere o
Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by smile11s(m): 7:40pm On Feb 23
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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by theFilmtric: 7:40pm On Feb 23
undecided cheesy cheesy grin cheesy cheesy
God don catch am cheesy
My guy dey find “greener” pastures
Na blacker pastures im see cheesy

Well he can head to the moon and plant Nigeria's flag on it
Then we will take him back grin smiley


theFilmtricsay

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by JohnBullMySon: 7:41pm On Feb 23
In his mind, he's no longer Nigerian but south African. now that they have revoked his citizenship, he'll have to head to Antarctica grin

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by onoms4luv(m): 7:41pm On Feb 23
to where
Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by GIANTPLUSHUB: 7:41pm On Feb 23
Lol. Somehow funny grin grin Biafra republic should help their own naaw. grin

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by WhiteGoldz: 7:42pm On Feb 23
E don be for am. E no hard, enter ghana

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by Henix(m): 7:42pm On Feb 23
He can still apply for Nigeria passport. There is no cause for alarm, anything goes in Nigeria

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Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by donnie(m): 7:42pm On Feb 23
wahala cheesy
Re: Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma Expelled From South Africa by ednut1(m): 7:44pm On Feb 23
Wahala be like bicycle

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