Enugu Chicken Impeachment: Deputy Governor collapses while testifying before panel

Poultry farm used to illustrate the story.

The Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Sunday Onyebuchi, who is facing impeachment for, among others, operating a poultry farm in his official residence, collapsed Wednesday morning while testifying before the seven-member panel investigating the allegation of gross misconduct against him.

The deputy governor collapsed a few minutes to noon and was rushed to an undisclosed hospital by members of his family, including his wife, Nneka.

The incident forced the panel to suspend proceedings till 2 p.m.

The State House of Assembly had on July 24 initiated impeachment proceedings against Mr. Onyebuchi whom it did not only accuse of rearing chicken, but also disobeying the state governor, Sullivan Chime.

Mr. Onyebuchi had arrived the Court premises, accompanied by his counsel and aides while he was invited to give evidence few minutes later.

However, after about three hours, the embattled deputy governor reportedly slumped and his wife and others came to his rescue.

Peter Eze, a member of the legal team defending the deputy governor, said he collapsed about five minutes after the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Ifeoma Nwobodo, and Commissioner for Justice, Anthony Ani, arrived at the court.

He explained that Mr. Onyebuchi was immediately taken out of the hall to a hospital for medical attention.

It could not be ascertained what led to his collapse.

The panel appointed by the State Chief Judge, Innocent Umezulike, had summoned Mrs. Nwobodo and Mr. Ani on Tuesday.

Details later….


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  • in4mant

    Na waoooo for this country o. Maybe Mrs. Nwobodo has used jazz on him o. I hear say the woman dey go both Kenya and India go carry jazz. Na waooo

  • Nextofkin

    So, farming now constitutes gross misconduct and impeachable offense? Nigeria we hail thee.

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  • True Nigerian

    And yet when next we read that Cancer is about to claim Governor Chime’s callous soul, people will be disappointed with anybody who choses to wish him a cancerous departure from earth.

    Now, look at what a man that God has shown mercy is doing. Just look at the heartlessness, impunity and lawlessness of a man that God is giving a second chance against cancer. Just look at what he has done with that second chance.

    First, it was the false imprisonment and dehumanisation of his own wife after which the callous Chime then came out to publicly and falsely portray the poor girl as a lunatic. And now his next project is to eject his deputy out of office based on the offensive reason such that his deputy was rearing livestock in his own residence or that he “disobeyed” the governor. Is the governor the Constitution of Nigeria?

    It is obvious that this Mr. Onyebuchi has never stolen a penny from the public funds. If he had done so, just imagine what the narrative would be by now from the perspective of a legislature and a governor who are willing to impeach a deputy governor for rearing chickens.

    Nigeria just doesn’t make sense. However you look at it and wherever you look in the country, you will just find that the country has lost its moral compass.

  • endingNaija

    Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala I have simple questions for you. The common sense in conversations is that you do not complicate simple matters. So? : How did we become one of the 5 poorest countries in the world according to the World Bank-your former employer-under your watch as the COORDINATING minister of Finance and the economy and under the watch of President Jonathan- and yet we are the “biggest” African economy, net exporter of oil and according to your defenders net destination of foreign investment? How and why are we one of the 5 poorest countries in the world and yet we are the “biggest” economy in Africa? Does it mean you and President Jonathan led us back into poverty? You can ask your media assistants and some of the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan hired online hands to answer these simple questions if you do not have time to answer them. Nigerians wait for your answers.

    • Plato

      Brilliant question, madam we are waiting for answers

    • deji

      God bless u fellow sane human-being, I don’t like when people complicate or make things complex, you have asked a simple, honest and truthful question, but I am sure the response will be increase in GDP on paper, I lost hope in this administration when I heard that a President signed 9.2billion naira to buy stoves, Infact I don’t need any other proof, this administration is as clueless as a tortise on its back.

      Okonjo and the administration has lost touch with reality, they don’t even know what is real anymore, if they know, they will realise people are suffering more than ever, have they looked @ our map recently, BH now has a small country.. its just a shame.

      I just read Prof soludo’s reply to her article, even if that man is talking rubbish or lies, he corroborates them with accessible facts. Okonjo should do same and stop telling us increase in GDP that doesn’t put food on the table.

  • Port

    The moment she is taken to task, she drums up a long complicated response. Knowing most Nigerians dont read, this is intended to make the response seem brilliant. But the facts are glaring. Many of these so called achievements are on PAPER. They cannot be shown on ground. Nigerians are suffering more than ever before, the Naira is falling, stock market falling, inflation rising, etc. yet someone is trying to convince us they have done a good job. May God open the eyes of our people.

    • D.A

      Thanks for your incisive comments (especially on one of my articles). Keep up the good work.

      Dele Awogbeoba

    • onyema22ohaka

      It is what you said about the poverty and lack of intellectual rigor on the part of many Nigerians including you and your brother D.A.Do well to improve it yourself so that you can operate on the same pedestal as this tall,beautiful arresting and exquisite intellectual of a lady who can hold her own anywhere and anytime on the world stage,not just your quota system stage of project Nigeria where you guys and other almajiri certified people operate.
      As for Soludo CC,he was my generation at UNN,quite a bright chap as he finished the best graduating student of his year then which was no mean feat at University of Nigeria of those days.He contested a student union election he captioned,’Soludo is the solution’ which he lost anyway and I think he is a bad loser and that accounts for the beef he is trying to have with the government.

  • Festus O.

    That i was awe struck at the name calling, mud slinging and pettiness of Dr Ngozi Iweala’s response to Prof Soludo’s article is an understatement. She has shown she has been hiding her TRUE SELF under the cloak of a cool mien and the i-can’t-hurt-a-fly demeanor, that she doesn’t have the stomach for criticism and other people’s opinions is sad. She sounded so arrogant, seething with anger, and ready to vomit fire. All through the article, she couldn’t tell us how under her watch, the Finance ministry never saw the shale oil predicament coming and she was caught unawares, when Obama made it clear after his re-election that his government will focus on that! -considering that America is our biggest consumer. Now we are cap in hand begging India & China to buy from us and you can trust they won’t buy without a plethora of conditions. Can madam explain why all she does now is allocation of resources while been myopic to ingenious modes of revenue generation. Though OBJ said we now have 3 presidents in Nigeria (namely GEJ, mama patience & okonjo iweala) and GEJ is the weakest, let madam take some comments on the chin and carry us along in matters of the state, we are all after one single goal- A more Prosperous Nigeria!!

    • Enemona

      Well said.

  • OmoLasgidi

    Why did Aunty Ngo have to whine, and write such a long winding rebuttal? You’d think with her exposure at the world bank, she will exercise more decorum and reasoning, right? She has simply dragged herself to the same Soludo level by resorting to spiteful words, name calling and abusive language – one always wonders why supposedly refined intellectuals often resort to their gutter foundation and backwater upbringing when criticised. She only needed to show us a simple table with the salient facts and figures … SOLUDO VS NGOZI … I dey laugh o …..:) 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Rabew awal

    It is so unprofessional and gullible for a woman in your position to react to simple article aimed at making every Nigerian to sober and wonder how we got here, rather guilt and pride and anger have clouded your judgement and utterances. I watched your questionings by the National Assembly some time ago and I actually felt ashamed and disgusted by ur poor responses to simple questions about leakages in the federation account, and here u are counting propagandum as achievements

  • Lanre

    This is hilarious. There is so much humor in this pedestrian drivel. Ngbo, Charles Soludo. Come down from the Air O. I am just joining this debate late. Too busy with task of freeing Yorubaland from the cesspool called Nigeria. Useless Lot!

  • Labour Watch

    The coordinating Minister of the Economy does not mean well for Nigeria. Labour Watch had written several articles of the need for the minister to honouable resign her appointment.

    Labour Watch
    December 17, 2014
    @Minister
    of finance and coordinating minister of economy, ” Nigeria has come of
    age……. 2015 budget to run on $65/bbl based on 2.27million bbl/day of
    oil production and at N165 / dollar”. With a planned recurrent
    expenditure of 2.6trillion naira for 2015 and oil price likely to fall
    below $50 in coming wks and also the continued importation of petroleum
    products -which is the major drainer of the Nigerian economy. This
    minister does not mean well for Nigeria.

    Labour Watch
    November 25, 2014
    Labour
    Watch calls for the resignation of the Coordinating Minister of Economy
    and Minister of Petroleum due to non Performance.
    Very urgent
    actions must be taken as regards adequately refining Petroleum products
    prior to the removal of fuel subsidy either in part or whole. Sighting
    fall in crude oil price as one reason only amounts to insensitivity and
    insincerity on the part of the federal govt occasioned by
    wastefulness.The continuous importation of petroleum products into
    Nigeria is only due to monumental error in leadership.Crude oil price
    has fallen, no downward change in pump price because Nigeria basically
    imports petroleum products to complement the insignificant productions
    from ailing refineries.