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In the latest developments surrounding the impeachment proceedings against Edo State’s deputy governor, Mr. Philip Shaibu, the investigative panel chaired by Justice Stephen A. Omonuwa (rtd) has wrapped up its hearings.

The panel, convened by Chief Judge Justice Daniel Okungbowa, was tasked with probing allegations of perjury and divulging government secrets leveled against Shaibu by the Edo State House of Assembly.


The panel’s decision to conclude its proceedings came after Shaibu’s continued absence, despite previous opportunities provided for him to defend himself against the accusations. Despite being represented by Professor Oladoyin Awoyale (SAN) initially, Shaibu and his counsel failed to attend subsequent sessions, prompting the panel to move forward.

During the hearings, the Edo State House of Assembly, represented by counsel Ohiafi Joe, presented its case, asserting that the deputy governor had violated his oath of office and engaged in gross misconduct.

Despite repeated adjournments to allow Shaibu to present his defense, his absence persisted, leading the panel to make the final decision to adjourn indefinitely.

Justice Omonuwa’s ruling, “the panel will now retire to compile its report, which will be submitted to Chief Judge Justice Okungbowa for further action.”

This marks a significant development in the ongoing impeachment saga, leaving the fate of the deputy governor in the hands of the judicial process.

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