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Impeachment: Ebebi challenges panel’s composition

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Counsel to Mr Peremobowei Ebebi, the embattled Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, has filed a fresh suit challenging the composition of the investigative panel of inquiry set up by the state Chief Judge.

This is coming on the heels of alleged transfer of the case earlier brought by him before a Bayelsa State Court in Yenagoa, against the state House of Assembly by the Deputy Governor, challenging the impeachment proceedings against him.

The panel chairman and its members are defendants in the new suit. Meanwhile, in the new suit,  the Governor, the state Commissioner of Police, the Chief Judge, the panel members, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Clerk of the House, Assembly members and the Attorney-General of the state are parties.

The first defendant in the new suit according to one of the counsel to the Deputy Dovernor, Mr Dickens Ejinyere, is the panel chairman,  whom he said defended the Governor during the tribunal case in the state.

He said that the document they are relying on was the brief of argument filled in the Court of Appeal by Denwigwe, SAN, of which the Governor was the 4th respondent.

The Deputy Governor, it will be recalled had earlier on 10 June 2010, filed a suit  against the Speaker of the House, the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, the Clerk of the House, the Attorney-General, Chief Judge of the state and the 17 members of the House that signed the impeachment notice against him.

Ebebi is praying the court for an order to set aside the June I,  notice of impeachment against him and wants the court to set aside any appointment  of a panel of seven members by the Chief Judge of the state.


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