Edo Assembly Directs Chief Judge to Investigate Allegations Against Shaibu

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On Tuesday, the Edo State House of Assembly took significant steps regarding the embattled Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, amidst tensions with Governor Godwin Obaseki.

With 21 out of 24 members signing a petition, impeachment proceedings against Shaibu were initiated on March 5, 2024, citing allegations of perjury and disclosure of state government secrets.

During Tuesday’s plenary, the Speaker of the House,Blessing Agbebaku informed the Assembly that Shaibu had been served an impeachment notice on March 6, 2024, which he allegedly evaded.

Consequently, a substituted service was ordered, published in Nigerian Observer and Vanguard Newspapers on March 12, 2024, setting a seven-day deadline which expired on March 19, 2024.

Meanwhile,Majority Leader Charity Aiguobarueghan moved a motion, in line with Section 188(3) and (4) of the Nigerian Constitution, to direct the Chief Judge, Justice Daniel Okungbowa, to establish a seven-man committee to investigate the allegations against the Deputy Governor.

“I am, therefore, moving a motion in pursuant to Section 188(3)and (4) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that is designed not to be argued.”

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The motion, seconded by Nicholas Asonsere, emphasized the necessity for a thorough investigation into the allegations of gross misconduct.

However,With 19 out of 24 members supporting the motion in a voice vote, the Speaker confirmed the decision and instructed the Chief Judge to proceed with setting up the committee to investigate the petition against the deputy governor.

“And that the Speaker directs the Chief Judge of the state to set up a seven-man committee to look at the allegations and report its findings to this house as soon as possible,” he said.

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