‘Misconduct’: Impeachment panel begins probe of Shaibu in Edo

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The seven-man panel set up to investigate allegations of
misconduct against Philip Shaibu, deputy governor of Edo state, has commenced
sitting in Benin.


The panel was set up by Daniel Okungbowa, chief judge of
Edo. It is headed by S. A. Omonuwa, a retired justice.


The commencement of the panel’s sitting follows the
resolution by the state house of assembly on initiating impeachment processes
against Shaibu.


Shaibu has since fallen out with Godwin Obaseki, governor of
the state.

At the panel’s inaugural sitting on Wednesday, the house of
assembly was represented by Joe Ohiafi, deputy clerk, legal.


Shaibu was represented by Oladoyin Awoyale, a professor and
senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN).


A statement signed by George Odidi, administrative secretary
of the panel, last week, read: “Take notice that consequent upon the
inauguration of the above panel by His Lordship the Hon. Chief Judge of Edo
State, Hon. Justice Daniel Okungbowa, in line with Section 188 Subsection 5 of
the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, the said panel shall
commence sitting at Judges Conference room, New High Court Complex, Benin City
on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 10am prompt.”


“Parties and/or their counsel are expected to be present on
that day while the complainant is expected to be ready to present its case on
that day,” the statement adds.



Through his lawyer, Awoyale, Shaibu said the panel’s sitting
to investigate him would amount to a fait accompli.


He argued that there was a subsisting order of interlocutory
injunction granted by an Abuja federal high court, and that further hearing had
been adjourned to April 8.


Awoyale argued that with the court’s order, all parties are
advised to obey the ruling.


However, Ohiafi, counsel to the house of assembly and deputy
clerk, argued that the panel’s sitting was supported by section 188 (10) of the
constitution which foreclosed any court from preventing the house of assembly
and the panel from discharging its constitutional responsibilities.


In July, Shaibu approached a federal high court in Abuja
with a suit to prevent the impeachment plot against him.


He asked the court to restrain Obaseki, the speaker of the
state assembly, and the chief judge, from “initiating impeachment proceedings
or sanctioning any impeachment” against him.


Thereafter, the court restrained Obaseki, the speaker, and
other defendants in the suit from initiating impeachment proceedings against


In September, Shaibu withdrew the suit he filed against
Obaseki, paving the way for the current proceedings against him.

Source link: Nigerianeye

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