The seven-man panel set up by the Chief Judge of Edo State, Justice Daniel Okungbowa, to investigate the allegation of misconduct leveled against the deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu, began functioning on Wednesday.

The panel headed by retired judge SA Omonuwa, was created by Justice Okungbowa following the resolution of the state House of Assembly, which initiated impeachment proceedings against Shaibu.

At Wednesday's panel, the House of Assembly was represented by Mr Joe Ohiafi, Deputy Secretary of the Law Department, just as Shaibu was represented by Prof Oladoyin Awoyale (SAN).

The impeachment process is believed to be the latest development in the conflict between Shaibu and Governor Godwin Obaseki, his director, which allegedly began when Shaibu announced his intention to run for the position of governor of Edo this year.

A statement signed by the administrative secretary of the panel, George Odidi, last Thursday said: “Please be aware that consequent to the inauguration of the above panel by His Lordship the Hon. Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice Daniel Okungbowa, in accordance with Section 188, Subsection 5 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, the said panel will commence meeting at the Judges' Conference Room, New High Court Complex, Benin City on Wednesday , April 3, 2024, at 10:00 am local time. .

“The parties and/or their lawyers are expected to be present on that day, while the complainant must be ready to present their case on that day.”