Panel To Commence Sitting Over Philip Shaibu’s Impeachment

A seven-man panel, established by Edo State’s Chief Judge, Daniel Okungbowa, to investigate an impeachment petition against the State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has scheduled April 3, 2024, for the commencement of its proceedings. George Odidi, the administrative secretary of the panel, conveyed this information in a statement dated March 28, 2024, and circulated to the press in Benin City. The panel will convene at the Judges Conference Room in the New High Court Complex, Benin City, promptly at 10:00 am.

According to Odidi, parties involved or their legal representatives are required to attend the proceedings, with the complainant prepared to present their case. The panel’s announcement marks a significant step in addressing the impeachment petition and underscores the commitment to due process and transparency in the investigation process. By setting a date for the commencement of hearings, the panel aims to facilitate a thorough examination of the allegations and ensure fairness to all parties involved.

The choice of venue at the Judges Conference Room in the New High Court Complex signifies the official and formal nature of the proceedings, reinforcing the gravity of the matter under investigation. The panel’s adherence to the specified time reflects a commitment to efficiency and timeliness in handling the impeachment petition. As the date approaches, anticipation mounts among stakeholders and the public alike regarding the outcome of the proceedings and the potential implications for the state’s political landscape.

The announcement brings clarity and structure to the investigative process, providing a framework for the orderly conduct of proceedings and the presentation of evidence. With the stage set for the commencement of hearings, both the complainant and the respondent, as well as their legal representatives, have an opportunity to present their arguments and evidence before the panel. The fixed date for the proceedings marks a pivotal moment in the resolution of the impeachment petition, signaling a decisive step towards resolving the matter in accordance with the principles of justice and accountability.

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 3rd day of April, 2024 at 10:00Am prompt.”

“Parties and /or their counsel are expected to be present on that day while the complainant is expected to be ready to present it’s case on that day.”

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.