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Continuation of Investigation by Panel as Shaibu’s Lawyer Withdraws



An investigation into allegations of gross misconduct against the deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, is set to proceed, as the panel led by retired Justice S.A. Omonuwa, appointed by Chief Judge Justice Daniel Okungbowa, decided to continue despite objections raised by Shaibu’s counsel, Prof Oladoyin Awoyale (SAN).

The objection was based on an order from an Abuja Federal High Court, adjourning Shaibu’s case to April 8, 2024. However, Justice Omonuwa (retd.) clarified that the court merely requested parties to appear and provide justification.

Ohaifa Joe, representing the Edo State House of Assembly, argued that the Constitution in Section 188(10) prohibits courts from obstructing the Assembly or its investigative panels.

Joe asserted that Awoyale (SAN) needed to demonstrate a constitutional alteration for his argument to stand. In response, Justice Omonuwa (retd.) confirmed the panel’s decision to proceed and urged the Assembly to present their case.

Following this decision, Awoyale informed the panel that his client would not continue participating and requested to be excused.

Despite the withdrawal, Awoyale clarified that they were not waiving their right to defend Shaibu, emphasizing the need to abide by the court order to appear on April 8, 2024.