Edo deputy Governor’s impeachment: Panel to commence sitting April 3

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By Owen Eresoyen, Benin

The seven-man panel set up by the Chief Judge of Edo State, Daniel Okungbowa to probe the impeachment petition against the State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has fixed April 3, 2024 for the commencement of its sitting.

It was gathered that George Odidi, the Administrative Secretary of the panel, disclosed this in a statement dated March 28, 2024 and made available to newsmen in Benin City.

Odidi said the panel would hold its sittings at the Judges Conference Room, New High Court Complex, Benin City at 10: 00 am prompt.

He said parties or their counsels are expected to be present while the complainant is expected to be ready to present its case.

The statement reads, “Take notice that consequent upon the inauguration of the above panel by His Lordship the Hon. Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice D.I. 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 3″day of April, 2024 at 10:00Am prompt.”

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

Recall that the Chief Judge of Edo State, Daniel Okungbowa, had on Friday, March 22, 2024, constituted a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations in the impeachment notice served on the deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu in line with the resolution of the State House of Assembly.

The State House of Assembly had on March 6, 2024 served impeachment notice on the deputy Governor over alleged misconduct and perjury.

Members of the panel are Justice S.A. Omonua (rtd), Professor Theresa Akpoghome, Oghogho Ayodele Oviasu, Surveyor Andrew Oliha, Idris Abdulkareen, President Aigbokhian and Mariam Erakhoba Ilavbare.