“Return the 22 official vehicles in your possession within 7 days” Edo Govt tells Ex-deputy, Shaibu

The Edo State government has issued a public notice demanding the return of 22 official government vehicles currently in the possession of former Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.

The directive in a statement signed by Chris Osa Nehikhare, Hon. Commissioner of Communication and Orientation, sets a strict deadline for compliance.

“The former Deputy Governor is given a seven-day ultimatum from today to return the vehicles,” stated Commissioner Nehikhare. He emphasised that failing to do so would prompt action from relevant security agencies tasked with retrieval.

The list of vehicles to be returned includes various models such as the 2021 model Toyota Landcruiser, Toyota Prado Jeep, Toyota Hilux Van, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Sienna, Jin Bei Hiase, Mitsubishi Pajero, and an armored Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep.

Each vehicle is identified with specific VIN numbers and details regarding their condition (brand new or pre-owned).

“These vehicles are essential for government operations, and their prompt return is crucial,” Commissioner Nehikhare emphasised.

“The Edo State Government urges the cooperation of all stakeholders to ensure the vehicles are retrieved and returned to official use without delay.

Shaibu was impeached in April by the State House of Assembly, putting an end to a prolonged conflict with Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The impeachment took place during a plenary session in Benin City, following months of strained relations between the two leaders.

The decision came after a seven-man committee, appointed by Chief Judge Justice Daniel Okungbowa, investigated allegations of misconduct against Shaibu. Majority Leader Charity Aiguobarueghian disclosed that the committee’s report found Shaibu not guilty of perjury but culpable for disclosing government secrets, recommending his impeachment on those grounds.

With 18 out of 19 members voting in favour, exceeding the required two-thirds majority, the Assembly approved the recommendation and subsequently impeached Shaibu. Speaker Agbebaku instructed Clerk Yahaya Omogbai to deliver the impeachment notice to Governor Obaseki for final approval.

Meanwhile, Shaibu, who had contested the impeachment in court, denounced it as an assault on democracy, asserting his legal right to seek the 2024 governorship under the PDP.

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