EFCC Takes Possession Of Ex-Gov Sylva’s Properties

By Wilson Uwujaren-Ag. Head, Media & Publicity

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, January 3, 2013 took possession of 48 properties of the former governor of Bayelsa state, Mr. Timpre Sylva who is being prosecuted at a Federal High Court in Abuja for alleged misappropriation of N6.46 billion state funds when he was governor of the state.

The interim forfeiture order to attach Sylva’s properties was granted by Justice A. R Mohammed on December 28, 2012.
Assets belonging to the former governor against which a forfeiture order was obtained by the EFCC include a mansion at 3 River Niger Street, plot 3192 Cadastral zone AO, Maitama District Abuja; nine units (comprising six one bedroom and 3 two bedroom apartments) at 8 Sefadu Street Wuse zone 2, plot 262 Cadastral zone AO2, Wuse Abuja; 2 units duplexes at 5 Oguta Street, plot 906 Cadastral zone Wuse 11 Abuja.

Others are a duplex at Plot 1271 Nike Street Cadastral zone AO5, Maitama District Abuja;   a duplex at Phase 1 Unit No. 1 (Villa 1) Palm Springs Gold Estate, Cachez Turkey Projects Limited, Mpape, Abuja;  10 units of one room apartments at 8 Mistrata Street plot 232 Cadastral zone Wuse 11 Abuja;  5 units duplexes at Plot No 1070 Dakibiyu District Cadastral zone B10, Abuja; 16 units service apartments at Plot 1181 Thaba Tseka Crescent, Off IBB Way, Wuse 11, Abuja and  3 units of three bedroom flats at No. 1 Mubi Close, Plot 766. Cadastral Zone A01, Garki, Abuja.

Sylva was first arraigned on Tuesday June 5, 2012. The first three of the six count charge against him reads: “ That you, Timpre Sylva, as Governor  of Bayelsa State, with others now at large, sometime between October, 2009 and February, 2010, at various places in Nigeria, including Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did conspire to commit a crime to wit: conversion of properties and resources amounting toN2,000,000,000.00 (Two Billion Naira) belonging to Bayelsa State Government and derived from an illegal act, with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the said amount and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 17(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition Act), 2004 and punishable under Section 14(1) of the same Act.

“That you, Timpre Sylva, as Governor of Bayelsa State, with others now at large, on or about the 22nd of January, 2010, at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, converted the sum of N380,000,000.00 (Three Hundred and Eighty Million Naira), property of the Bayelsa State Government, through the account of one Habibu Sani Maigidia, a Bureau De Change Operator with Account No. 221433478108, in Fin Bank, Plc, which sum you knew represented the proceeds of an illegal act with the aim of concealing the nature of the proceeds of the said illegal act and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 14(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition Act) 2004 and also punishable under section 14(1) of the same Act.

“That you, Timpre Sylva, as Governor  of Bayelsa State, with others now at large, on or about the 5th of February, 2010, at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, converted the sum of N50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million Naira), property of the Bayelsa State Government, through the account of one Enson Benmer Limited with Account No. 6152030001946, in First Bank, Plc, which sum you knew represented the proceeds of an illegal act with the aim of concealing the nature of the proceeds of the said illegal act and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 14(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition Act) 2004 and also punishable under section 14(1) of the same Act.”
The substantive suit is adjourned to 10th January, 2013.
 

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Child of Corruption.

This kind of your excuse is what is killing this country. We agree most of our rich people stole money. Some of them are smart and some are just followers. At least there should be scape goats.
Sorry for you need to rethink your way and know for sure that nobody can solve our problems except WE! NIGERIANS!

EFCC is always bias in

EFCC is always bias in fighting corruption. They are always after past governor that have issues with the presidency or PDP.

True talk

Bro na true una talk. development never for Niger Delta if una people thief the way dey thief. why SS and SE republic talk say na north marginalized them? that's why una no develop the area. this is not true na thief-thief their people make. 13% oil derivation, monthly grant and little number of local govt still no development if una seperate the contry na them the suffer most because of steeling habit.

Is this place ripe for

Is this place ripe for democracy?I will call it the 4forth world place.

This man needs to be sent to

This man needs to be sent to the gallows.It is obvious this lunatic grew up very poor and wants to avenge his horrible upbringing.How many houses can one man sleep at a time.For God sake this man was suppose to govern his people.Is this 4th world country ripe for democracy?

Ignorance and tribalism

Amazing how ignorance, stupidity and tribalism always go hand in hand. You Sir are a prime example of such ineptitude. Go and learn english, without which you will never be president of any country, except it is President of Boko Haram

Whose money did Silver take? Nigeria's money or the SS money?

Whose money did Silver take? Nigeria's money or the SS money?

Does Nigeria have any money? Idiots.

If IBB,OBJ,Adenuga, Babalakin, David Mark, MKO, Tinubu can steal from the SS&SE abundant oil and gas wealth,then should the SS&SE peoples sit and watch? Nonsense!!!

Did you know that IBB stole $12.7billion dollars which he shared with Adenuga? ...and you are asking where Boko Haram got the money to buy SUVs and blow them up...when one man is in control of $12.7b.

Did you know that MKO stole from ITT (Before it became NITEL) to make his billions?

The SS&SE peoples can own 100 houses each. They are that rich. Oiless and parasitic peoples in the continent shud not dictate how SS&SE peoples spend their cash. Get that right into your dummy brains.

Long live the United Republic of the SS&SE

Niger-Deltans Are Very Very Corrupt

Go to any of the niger-delta states and you will cry at the kind of hamlets and stone age existence they still have inspite of the whopping amounts of money they collect each month. Most states in the niger-delta collect more money than some whole regions but there is nothing to show for it. The minorities are the most corrupt nigerians with shameless wicked leaders

Corruption Easy and Possible due to lack Accountable Structures

The only problem Nigeria has is that there are no structures that will make it impossible for anyone to steal. People openly steal and the law enforcers find it difficult to enforce the law against them. If there are structures that are well defined, nobody will even think of stealing in office. Have we ever heard that any American President steal? He will not think of it because the structures are such that he will not dare think of it since he cannot get such luxury. If the American President becomes the President of Nigeria with the type of loose structures in place, he probably will be tempted to help himself. Therefore, we should be concerned about building the necessary structures rather than cry wolf where there is none. Thank you.

OUR POLITICAL RULERS ARE CROOKS

IF YOU WANT TO GET RICH QUICK, JOIN PDP OR BECOME A MILITANT AND RISE TO TO THE TOP, YOU WILL BE ASK TO MONITOR NIGERIA WATER. NA SO E BE. ANYWHERE MONEY DEY ALL OVER D WORLD JNATHAN DEY GO BORROW AM, E NOR CONCERN NA HOW E GO TAKE PAY BACK, OUR CRUDE OIL MONEY E RICH THEM CHOP AGAIN. I BEG MAKE WE GO AFTER ALL THIS THEIVING RULERS BEFORE NIJA GO BACKRUPT. D ONLY SOLUTION NA REVOLUTION.

Ex Gov. Sylvia

The Bureau De Change operator and FIN bank operatives should be prosecuted as assessories to the fact without whom the crime would have been impossible. Bankers who worked with Alams are still loose and seeking out new accomplices.

Sylva, GEJ, and Niger Delta

Divide this country, North this, Malama that but yet they cant use their 'resources' to build mansions inside water and on crude oil and the North still have nothing. We shall charge you special ground rent when I come to power, Olodus. Well done Silva, na una resources, brother J have more than that

ALL THE SO CALL PUBLIC OFFICE HOLDERS ARE THIEFS

It is only the grace of God the protects the poor nigerians. Imagin one person picking such an ammount from the state treasury for his personal use leaving the masses to suffer in poverty. Imagine the commissioners,Local government chairmen building mansions every way. Let me us this chance to advise that be it that yyou own the whole world, you can not buy your live with money. They(the thiefs)still think that they would live forever on earth forgetting that atmost 80 years, they are gone.Monies that would be enough to open up companies for the young school leavers to work in are being misused by the chairmem, commissioners,governors, ministers,senators,house members,president and so on. GOD PLEASE HAVE MERCIES ON THE POOR

Where are u akpos1.. olosi.

Where are u akpos1.. olosi. United SS $ SE. The leaders you are praising are not even investing their loot in ur forsaken states.... lol

Egberigelemi

Lets learn support from king Robert "Egberigelemi" talk done end....

Thieves In Charge

Thieves are in charge of the Nigeria affairs so do not expect any respite until a revolution of total cleansing takes place. Even OBJ expects it.

Aborigines are drunken fools...where's Alams today?

The late NSA Azazi who lived in a Billion-naira mansion was buried in Yenagoa bcos there is no road leading to his hometown Pere...whatever. News outlets were banned to save government the embarrasment. Alams (Dumbo's mentor cum benefactor) is tucked away in Abuja while his file gathers dust at same EFCC. Diezani relocated her mom/kin to Abuja to avoid kidnappers. Now, whose fault is it that the S'South remains the least developed part of Naija? The fool acquired 48 known property all in Abuja abi. Deri only sees state of origin and not the crimes thives are charged with. Aborigines are incapable of thinking by themselves, too drunk. An ex-Gov. without record of achievement (like Dumbo) owning 48 houses and not even one in their so-called South-South speaks volumes.

Of course nothing will come out of this is vendetta gra-gra. Dumbo must start with himself if he's serious about fighting corruption. Creek crooks. Animals!

PRESIDENT JONATHAN MUST RESIGN NOW

THIS PEOPLE WILL NEVER CHANGE THEIR WAYS, ONLY 4N YEARS SILVER ACQUIRE ALL THIS, SO FOR ANOTHER 4 YEARS HE WOULD HAVE ACQUIRE MORE. NOW LETS BE REALISTICS, THAT MEANS ALL THE SERVING GOVERNORS HAS HUGE LOOT UNDER THEIR BELT, EVEN THE PRESIDENT AND D WIFE MOST ACQUIRE SO MUCH, KAI THIS POLITICAL LEADERS ARE VERY WICKED, TAKE A LOOK AT ALL PAST GOVERNORS AND SERVING GOVERNORS WITH A CASE WITH EFCC ALL THOSE BILLIONS OF NAIRA WITH THEM YET JONATHAN NO FIT DO JACK. NIGERIA IS SERIOUSLY BLEEDING AND CRYING FOR HELP, UPON ALL THIS THEIFING, GOING ON, JONATHAN JUST DEY BURROW LOAN FROM IMF, WORLD BANK, FROM THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT, NA WHO WAN COME PAY ALL THIS GBESE LOAN. I BEG MAKE WE START THE REVOLUTION QUICK QUICK WITH THIS POLITICAL THEIEVES

Niger Deltans are real thieves.. KUDOS to EFCC..But.....

Imagine, Niger Deltans are real thieves, look at how Timipre Sylva is being embezzled just as he embezzled public treasury, Kudos to EFCC... but, is Sylva the only ex Governor who launder the treasury? though Uduaghan was also tried in UK, what about other former Governors and Ministers? talk less of the serving chiefs. Despite the selfisf immunity clause for incumbent president,His Vice, Governors and their deputies, we hope EFCC has started listing the Governors to be arrested, although the Sylva's case is related to the fraction of their relationship with the president Jonathan, our eyes are on you EFCC, waiting to see who agin you will arrest in 2015.

NA WAH FOR OUR LEADERS

Na only one man get all these properties i beg o make i ask one question na how many room him wan sleep at thesame time my fellow nigerians dis na complete greed and abusive of office may almighty God help us Amen.

I AM NOT IMPRESSED!!

The raping of Nigeria by our Governors and Ex-governors continues. The completely corrupt judiciary acting as enablers while our toothless EFCC want us to buy this show of shame as real progress. Is it real progress, finally? For the sake of long suffering Nigerians I will like to think it is but won't hold my beath. As the saying goes once biten twice shy. As I always say, show me the money by convicting these corrupt officials and sending them to long prison terms. Until then I am not impressed. Enough of these shenanigans to hoodwink gullible Nigerians. Corruption as an institution is the tragic story of Nigerian state.

What a foolish politiking in Nigeria !

Why is this man putting all his eggs in one Abujabasket? It seems, the ex-governor is unable to control his senses.As a governor,it is now obvious, he never really loved Bayelsa state and never, the inhabitants of Bayelsa.He would have invested his loots in-there to benefit Bayelsans if their poor welfare had meant anything to him..The fact is, he loves his party,PDP,and his Party men, that manipulate and rig stunch members like him, even on the absence of home love or wish,to a powerful position.Again, he is aware of the looting spree going on in Nigerian public treasury since IBB regnum till date. What a foolish politiking in Nigeria ! Umu Oke Lyton/UK

I remember when IBB legalised oil-bunkering.............

I remember when IBB legalised oil-bunkering secretly in 1980s. To calm his effevascent Northern officers who were boiling with rage, asking for rewards for keeping Nigeria one. IBB ordered them to travel abroad,get empty vesssels to Niger Delta,fill them with crudoil,sell and return just 50% sales to the government.Illicit bunkering was thus legalised. There was a rush for it,mainly,by northern officers, to become dollar millionairs, later billionairs in less than four bunkering trips, no capital risk was involved and their European/ Russian / Arab partners made gains in billion US dollars. Okar group of officers, who bore most of the jungle war sufferings and who ought to be favoured and rewarded more than the selected few, became indignant, restless and, as you know, eventually,attempted to stop IBB,but couldn`t.So bunkering continued from IBB -Abacha-Abubakar-PDP and MEND-groups, in a larger scale. Who will stop them ? Umuoke in Lyton/UK

99,5 billion US dollars Niger Delta Oil money,hidden in Europe..

Looking at the figures in the World Bank report,on the list of Nigerian treasury looters,I am awed to read a total of 99.5 bn us dollars hidden in various banks in the UK, Swiss, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, New York etc. by IBB and his co northerners,who controlled the Niger delta oil revenue for decades. Surprisingly, UK and other civilized govts. including the uncivilized nigerian jury,know the exsistence of this loot and are doing nothing to confiscate it and return the money to Nigerian public. Maybe,Northern looters are taboos nd South-Southern looters are accountable and so, subject to law and order,in UK and Abuja. Umu Oke Lyton/UK

He shld be hanged for being greedy,bayelsans are in poverty.

Our oil money idiots like @Deri,this are the idiots holding down SS and blaming others for their stealing.

He shld be hanged for being greedy,bayelsans are in poverty.

Our oil money idiots like derived,this are the idiots holding down SS and blaming others for their stealing.

Silver na small thief.

Can you imagine what a small thief like Timpre Silver stole within four years of being a governor, then think of what the big criminals like Oduagha, Jonathan, TA Orji, Dezeni Alison Madueke, Tony Anine, OBJ Gbenga Daniels , Demeji Bankole, etc must have stole from the Nigerian purse.
It is Timi,s turn now but soon when my people must have taken over from these crude ,wicked , heartless, idiotic politicians all of then must account for every kobo stolen. Forget this kangaroos EFCC is doing, then the main judgement by a real court will try them and of cause they knew the verdict....GUILTY AS CHARGED.

anoda niger deltan pikin falls again

They are always quick to impound properties owned by ppl of the South south-let them give us the list of governors in d Fulani North that they confiscated their properties the way that of Alams Ibru and Sylva were handled-where are those of tinubu among other corrupt leaders in 9ja-Its not as if we support d corrupt activities of these governors. But the law must be no respecter of any persons-What we have in 9ja are holy thieves-vrs those adjudged as satanic rogues from the Niger Delta. Depending ofcourse on where u hail from-in 9ja-anoda triblalism abi? Yes but that is the truth-sadly the governors from the SS, never learn lessons from such exercise! Dickson and Amaechi are very good examples! Elected to bow to the wish of their masters from the 3 old regions and not the massses who put them there.

There are worse criminals in PDP than in Kirikiri and Boko haram

What is wrong with Nigeria? This fraud must have been in conspiracy with the Banks? One of the greatest promoters of corruption in Nigeria are the commercial Banks. EFCC should start arresting the Bank MD's too because they are also liable for this crime.

There are worse criminals in PDP than in Kirikiri maximum prison and Bokoharam , how many of the criminals in Kirikiri committed crimes of this magnitude against the Nigerian state? Also, PDP cannot claim ignorance of what the Bokoharam bloodbath and ethnic/religious cleansing is all about, I challenge Labaran Maku the Lying parrot to come out and say PDP knows nothing about Bokoharam.

ETUK

GOD

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