Former Governor Timipre Sylva on was on Tuesday ordered to be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) till Thursday 7th June when his bail application will be determined. Sylva is facing six charges of corruption bothering on the conversion of N 6.5 billion belonging to Bayelsa State for personal use.
Sylva who many believed had fled the country appeared before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
Sylva’s counsel, Lateef Fagbemi aksed the court to grant the former Governor bail as he noted that the charges against his client were ones that could allow him to be admitted to bail. He also stated that his client appeared in court voluntarily and that he would continue to do so. He thereafter pleaded with the court to be lenient with bail conditions.
The prosecuting counsel, Festus Keyamo on the other hand said the bail is the prerogative of the court, the offence commited notwithstanding.
Justice Adamu Bello thereafter fixed the determination of the bail application for Thursday, while ordering that Chief Sylva should be remanded in EFCC custody.