Court Dismisses Alleged N19.2bn Fraud Charge Against Sylva

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has just dismissed a 42-count criminal charge pending against the Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva.

It was gathered that the Trial Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed ruled that the charge which was preferred against the erstwhile governor by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,‎ constituted an abuse of court process.

Sylva was in the charge, alleged to have used three separate companies and siphoned the sum of N19.2bn from the Bayelsa state treasury.

EFCC insisted that the fraud was perpetuated between 2009 and 2012 when Sylva held sway as governor of the state.


Sylva is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and was a member of the transition committee of President ‎Muhammadu Buhari.

The Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Mr. M.S Diri, had earlier withdrawn another six-court charge against Sylva, wherein he was ‎accused of involvement in the illegal diversion of N6.5billion also from the coffers of Bayelsa State.

Author: News Editor

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