Thursday, 9 May 2013

Former bayelsa Gov Timipre sylva Arrested

Former Bayelsa governor,
Timipre Sylva has been arrested
by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC). Timipre
Sylva was arrested today
Wednesday May 8th and interrogated in connection with
fraud charges, according to a
statement released by the anti-
graft agency today. EFCC said in the statement that
the former governor "was found
hiding in a dingy corner in the
upper chamber of his expansive
mansion," in Abuja after his staff
told them he was not in town when they went to make the
arrest. Find a statement issued by the
commission’s spokesperson,
Wilson Uwujaren, after the cut... “The Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC), today,
May 8, 2013, arrested the
former governor of Bayelsa
State, Timipre Sylva. “He was picked up at his No. 3,
Niger Street, Maitama, Abuja
home. On arrival at the facility at
about 10.00 am, the
Commission’s operatives were
told that the ex-governor was not in town but they insisted on
conducting a search on the
house having obtained a warrant
from the court. “During the search, vital
documents were obtained.
Ironically, the ex-governor who
was said to be out of town was
later found hiding in a dingy
corner in the upper chamber of his expansive mansion. “He was immediately whisked
away and is currently being
interrogated at the Abuja
headquarters of the anti- graft
agency. He is being grilled in
connection with fresh evidence linking him with a bouquet of
fraudulent transactions that
borders on money laundering.
Part of the new evidence
includes a number of eye-
popping real estate acquisitions in Abuja. “The arrest of the former
governor is sequel to his refusal
to honour invitations by the
Commission. Rather than appear
before the EFCC, he got his
lawyers to inform the Commission that he was unable to appear
because he was sick, and
hospitalised in Lagos. The lawyer
had promised to appear with his
client on May 7, 2013 but failed
to do so. “The Commission warns that it
will no longer tolerate the antics
of suspects who treat its
invitations with levity.”

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