Enugu Chicken Impeachment: Group asks NJC to probe Chief Judge

Onyebuchi Sunday... Impeached for raising chickens behind his official quarters

A group, Enugu Rescue Group, has asked the National Judicial Council, NJC, to investigate the role played by the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Innocent Umezulike, in Tuesday’s impeachment of the state deputy governor, Sunday Onyebuchi.

The group also asked Mr. Onyebuchi to challenge his impeachment in a court of competent jurisdiction as did a former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi about seven years ago.

The deputy governor was on Monday impeached by the State House of Assembly about a month after the legislature served him an impeachment notice.

It accused Mr. Onyebuchi of operating commercial poultry at official residence and also disobeying the instructions of Governor Sullivan Chime.

The seven-member panel headed by Franklin Oraekeiyi found him guilty of the charges.

In a statement on Monday by its spokesperson, Martin Okenwa, ERG said apart from probing Mr. Umezulike’s role in the chicken impeachment scandal, but also urged the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, to impose the necessary sanctions on its members that served on the panel.

It said the lawyers, namely Franklin Oraekeiyi (Chairman), Maxwell Eze, Anthony Iguh, and Fabian Uluakanwa, who is also a pastor brought the Bar “to disrepute through their kangaroo conduct and verdict.”

The group condemned the impeachment of the deputy governor, describing it as “a travesty of democracy, glorification of sadism, and ratification of political terrorism.”

It noted that though the abuse of the democratic instrument of impeachment by Mr. Chime and the Enugu State House of Assembly did not come to it as a surprise, it was clear they rode on the crest of the reign of impunity established by the administration “in which right is wrong, might is right, and the innocent is always guilty.”

The group stated further, “We would therefore have been surprised if the outcome had been different, given the character and antecedents of the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Innocent Umezulike and the kangaroo panel he set up.

“We had warned from the outset that the Panel’s composition, affiliations, body language, haste, and ban of the media from its proceedings were clear signs that the Governor, the House of Assembly, the Chief of the State, and Panel members were in league for a predetermined outcome.”

The group however commended Mr. Onyebuchi for his bravery in standing his ground rather than throwing in a resignation.

It stated that the impeached deputy governor had done great justice to the nation’s democracy and helped to confirm to the world that in Enugu, impunity is the watchword and justice is has no place to lay its head.

The group said, “It is clear to the world that he was not impeached because he committed any offence or did anything near in ranking to a Governor whom illegally detained the First Lady of a State, but because absolute power corrupts absolutely, while bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of the just.”


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  • Richard

    It is a shame that everybody misuses the power they have over the less privilege . A governor who illegally detained his wife which is felony according to the Nigerian constitution. A governor who keeps pigs in his official residence . It is the same governor who initiated the kangaroo impeachment process against his deputy. It is more shameful that some members of NBA could compromise their integrity to collude with the governor in carrying out this shame impeachment .

    • Hope

      When it was happening in the north you were happy thinking that one day it will not be brought to the south by PDP. Now you have seen it that the atrocities and criminality know no boundarie, tribe, religion or state. Nigerians, do not rejoice the misfortune of others.

  • Hameed adande

    We have it on good authority that N15,0000,000 was the price for the soul and consience of the panel members who like in the story of Judas who took 30 pieces of silver to give up jesus, gave up the deputy governor. We also heard that MR ANTHONY IGU, son of the equally fraudulent retired justice of the supreme court, negotiated his own collection personally with the chief of staff Who is chimes man Friday. So let it be known to all that the names of all the panel members will forever live in infamy and their due rewarded them here on earth. Remember that name MR ANTHONY IGU from NIMO in Anambra state.

  • Countryman

    As for me, the deputy governor should just go home and mind his business, no need to challenge his removal bcos he refused to learn lesson. The governor accepted him as his deputy and if for one reason or the other the same governor dislike him now, he should have resigned and go about his lawful business but he keep on challenging the governor until his being disgraced and push out of office. what a shame! He knew that the governor vow to remove him come rain or sun shine. why did he failed to prostrate to beg the governor or through the party leaders in the state & Abuja..

    • Hameed adande

      Countryman what a complete buffoon you are aint you? He should go home abi? Because all you lazy fucks in Enugu prostrate and bow to your mediocre Jew governor Mr Chime. For your info bunko, the only person disgraced here is the governor as everyday that goes by, we Nigerians are exposed to the wicked and morally deficient quotient of the idiotic governor. The deputy is now a hero thanks to your moronic government. He will and should go to court to further humiliate the pedophilic governor. Shame on the entire people of Enugu state for been dealt with by one man. But on second thought, is there any major business going on in Enugu state but politics and selling land to your only customers, Anambra people?