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Enugu Dep. Gov’s absence: Impeachment panel adjourns till Monday

By Tony Edike
The impeachment panel investigating allegations against Enugu State Deputy Governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, yesterday, adjourned further proceeding till Monday next week to enable him complete his medication.

The deputy governor slumped while testifying before the Franklyn Uche Oraekeiyi –led 7-man panel on Wednesday and was rushed to a private hospital where he was revived.

Chime and Onyebuchi
Chime and Onyebuchi

He is said to be on  medication for low blood pressure since then a development that is forcing the panel to suspend further proceedings.

According to one of the lawyers who spoke with newsmen at the end of yesterday’s brief sitting of the panel, Counsel for Enugu State Government,  Mr. Nduka Ikeyi, submitted that they had on Thursday requested the panel to direct that a cardiologist or specialist physician in the relevant field of medicine from the state government-owned health facility especially the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital be given access to the Deputy Governor to evaluate the state of his health. He said that the formal report to be issued by the physician would guide the panel in forming a view as to how to proceed with the situation, adding that the report would be sent to the panel and not that a witness would be called to tender it.

The panel informed the counsels that no report had been received from the physician whose name was not disclosed up till the time of their sitting yesterday.

Counsel for the Deputy Governor, Chief Chris Aghanwa, told the panel that from the information he gathered “a doctor from the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital saw His Excellency in company of two policemen”.

He said that the order for a second medical opinion was given by the Panel and that the report should be sent to the Panel and not otherwise.

The panel, however, said that since the expected medical report was not available, the proceedings of the panel would be adjourned to Monday, 18th day of August 2014 for continuation.

Other members of the panel which commenced sitting on August 6, are Maxwell Ebele Eze,  Anthony I. Iguh, Fabian Uluakanwa Oko, Perfectus Okwuchukwu Aroh,   Martin Onyemuru and  Mercy Praise Anyim.




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