The return of 48 houses earlier seized from a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, has continued to raise dust.
But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) claimed that the fault was entirely its but that of the judicial.
The EFCC had on January 3, 2013 taken possession of 48 properties of Sylva while he was on trial.
In a series of tweets on its official Twitter handle, the anti-graft agency alleged that Justice Adeniyi Ademola bungled the case in a controversial judgment.
The EFCC said Sylva got away because of the judiciary which it described as an obstacle to the war on corruption and not because he is a chieftain of The All Progressives Congress (APC)
The anti-graft agency said the case was controversial because Sylva was discharged barely a few days to the APC governorship primary in 2015.
The EFCC said, “He (Sylva) was facing 42 charges before Justice Mohammed of the FHC Abuja. The said properties were forfeited as part of the trial. The EFCC applied to consolidate charges against him before Justice Mohammed after the DPP, on June 1, 2015, withdrew its own charges.
“On June 10, 2015, rather than hear the case, Justice Mohammed dismissed the charges without him and co-defendants taking their pleas. The EFCC expressed its discontent at the ruling, and Chief Justice of the Federal High Court, Abuja reassigned the case to Justice Ademola of the FHC Abuja.
“On June 12, 2015 the EFCC filed fresh charges and on July 9, 2015 and brought 50 counts against him before Justice Ademola. The EFCC had expected a speedy/fair trial. But no! Few days to the Bayelsa State governorship election, Justice Ademola freed him without pleas taken.”