Shaibu’s Attempt to Halt Impeachment Fails


In a bid to halt the impeachment process initiated by the Edo State House of Assembly, Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu filed a suit seeking an interim order from the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The suit aimed to prevent the third to fifth defendants from commencing any proceedings or investigation panels regarding his removal pending the hearing of a motion on notice.

He additionally requested an interim injunction to prevent the defendants, either directly or through their agents, from interfering with the subject matter of the Originating Summons filed in the suit aimed at his removal from office as the deputy governor of Edo State, pending the hearing of the motion on notice, among other reliefs sought.

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However, Justice James Omotoso of the Federal High Court in Abuja declined Shaibu’s ex-parte motion seeking an interim order to halt the impeachment process.

The ruling, dated March 13 but cited on Monday, rejected the deputy governor’s request for an interim injunction to restrain the defendants from interfering with the ongoing legal proceedings related to his removal from office.

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It read, “That the Motion Expartee for Interim Injunction dated and filed 8th day of March 2024 is hereby refused.”

However,During the proceedings on Tuesday, the judge scheduled Wednesday for the hearing of another motion ex-parte brought by the plaintiff. This motion sought substituted service on the defendants, as the plaintiff faced difficulties in serving them with legal documents.

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