by Dare Lawal
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the ex-governor of Bayelsa state, Timipreye Sylva. The arrest was carried out by operatives of the commission in Abuja on Wednesday, at Sylva’s residence – No. 3 Niger Street, Maitama, Abuja.
According to the spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, the operatives arrived at Sylva’s home at about 10am, but were told that he was not in town. They however insisted on searching the house as they had a valid arrest warrant issued by a court.
It was during the search that they found Sylva “hiding in a dingy corner in the upper chamber of his expansive mansion.” They also seized vital documents.
The governor is currently undergoing interrogation at the Abuja headquarters of the commission 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,” said Uwujaren.
Uwujaren also said that “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 governor certainly doesn’t look too good in these photos.