Abuja, August 10, 2023 – The Federal High Court in Abuja has extended a previous order, preventing the Defendants named in a lawsuit brought by Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu of Edo State, from initiating impeachment proceedings against him. The lawsuit involves Governor Godwin Obaseki, Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Blessing Agbebaku, Chief Judge of Edo State, and others.

During the latest court session, legal representatives for the second, third, fourth, and fifth defendants appeared. Attorney General of Edo State, Osaze Oluwole Uzzi Esq, appeared on behalf of the Chief Judge of Edo State and the fifth defendant.

While most defendants’ legal teams indicated that their respective processes had been filed, the Department of State Services (DSS), representing the second defendant, stated that they were yet to submit their process to show cause. Notably, the first defendant, the Inspector General of Police, had not yet made an appearance.

Presiding over the case, the Judge instructed all parties to maintain the status quo ante bellum (the state existing before the dispute), and subsequently adjourned the proceedings to August 22, 2023. The Judge directed the second defendant to file the necessary documents and instructed the court registrar to issue and serve a hearing notice on the first defendant.

The lawsuit, identified as FHC/ABJ/CS/1027/2023, is titled “Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu v. Inspector General of Police & 4 others.” On August 3, 2023, Justice A.R Muhammed of the Federal High Court issued an order restraining the involved parties from taking any actions towards impeaching the plaintiff, who serves as the Deputy Governor of Edo State.

This renewed order signifies the court’s intent to maintain the current state of affairs regarding the impeachment proceedings against the Deputy Governor until the next hearing, further underscoring the legal battle’s importance and the ongoing developments in Edo State’s political landscape.

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