Enugu Deputy Governor Slumps While Testifying Before Impeachment Panel
Embattled Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi collapsed inside the witness box on Wednesday while giving testimony before the panel set up to investigate impeachment allegations against him.
Onyebuchi , however, was quickly rushed out of the court hall at about 11.38 am by his wife, Mrs. Nneka Ada Onyebuchi, his children and some of his aides present for medical attention, our reporter learnt.
He had arrived the court accompanied by his lawyers today (Wednesday) morning and began his evidence at 9.30 am. However, three hours, five minutes later, he was said to have slumped and his wife and others present rushed forward to rescue him.
A defence counsel to Onyebuchi said he slumped five minutes after the Chief of Staff, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo and the state Attorney General, Mr. Anthony Ani, SAN, entered the court.
According to the lawyer, Onyebuchi was quickly rushed to hospital, while the proceeding was suspended till 2 pm.
Briefing reporters, one of Onyebuchi’s lawyers, Barr. Ogochukwu Onyekwuru explained: “the doctor has diagnosed blood pressure and the medical report has just been brought; showing his state of health.
“I think he is stable but there has to be some precautionary medical attention given to him, to properly stabilize him.
“What I know, what I heard reported is that he suddenly developed high blood pressure; you will understand that for the past one week, he has been here from morning to evening; so, in running around in organizing his defence, particularly yesterday, he was with us up till around 11 pm trying to organize his defence, the man has been willing and poised to defend himself to the satisfaction of his conscience, so it must be part of his problem, the stress he has gone through this past one week.”
He further said: “For today, he will not be fit to continue, we expect that there will be a trial date for Monday, we are likely to ask the panel to give us time to see to his health; if the panel agrees for us to come here on Monday, by the time we come back, we shall know his state of health.
“For me, I am not a doctor, what we believe is that he suffered some dizziness and weakness, by the time the problem started, he first complained that he was not seeing clearly, and asked for a bottle of water, from there you could see him bowing his head and he was taken out”.
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