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Impeachment: Furious Edo Deputy Gov, Shaibu, Storms Out Of Panel

Lucky Obukohwo, Reporting

The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has angrily stormed out of the seven-man panel set up to investigate an alleged misconduct levelled against him by the state House of Assembly.

Shaibu, who was represented by Professor Oladoyin Awoyale (SAN), had prayed the panel to obey an interlocutory injunction by the Federal High Court, Abuja, billed for hearing April 8, 2024.

He said participating in the proceedings of the seven-man panel would amount to fait accompli.

However, counsel to the House of Assembly and Deputy Clerk, Legal Department, Joe Oaifi, argued that the panel’s sitting was supported by Section 188 (10) of the constitution which forecloses any court from preventing the House of Assembly and the panel from discharging their constitutional responsibilities.

In its ruling, the panel, headed by retired Justice S. A. Omonuwa said the respondent suit at the Federal High was neither here nor there as regards the panel sitting, citing Section 188(10) of the Constitution.

He said this section empowers and protects the panel from any external interference, hence declared continuation of the panel’s sitting.

The lead counsel, however, declined interview.

Shaibu’s trial continues in absential.

Recall that the embattled deputy governor is facing the case of alleged perjury and revealing of government secrets.

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