Soyinka may go to jail if he tears his US Greencard – Lawyer

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A lawyer, Mr Kayode Ajulo, has cautioned Nigerian Nobel Literature Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, against carrying his threat to destroy his American Green Card in protest of Donald Trump’s victory at the U.S. Presidential election, DailyTrust reports.

Soyinka had issued the threat to destroy his American Citizen’s Card should Trump win. Reacting to the threat, Ajulo warned Soyinka that he risked a jail term of 3 to 7 years if he (Soyinka) cut his green card.

“I have no problem with Kogi; he is an opinion moulder, an elder statesman and nation builder, who should know the implication of such act. Under the American law losing or having your U.S. green card destroyed can be a serious problem,’’ he said.

He said legally such is tagged as a wishful destruction of government’s property. Ajulo said the truth is that Soyinka is far better and far bigger than that because such act is provocative and unacceptable.

He stressed that the literary icon is free to leave the country but does not have to tear the card; instead, he should return the card as required by the law. Ajulo said the 82-year-old author, who is currently a resident scholar at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, should know better.

He said it has a lot of implications for Nigerians. Ajulo said green cards or passports are valuable documents and should be looked after it with care. He said mishandling of passport could stop you from travelling not to talk of destroying the green card.

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