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.