Friday, February 24, 2012

N6.5bn fraud: EFCC files 6-count charge against Sylva
24 February 2012

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Friday, filed a 6-count criminal charge against the former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. The prosecuting counsel, Mr Festus Keyamo, perfected the filing processes at the high court registry around 2 pm today.

Specifically, the former governor who was denied a return ticket by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the recently concluded gubernatorial election in the state, was accused of siphoning over N6.5 billion from the Bayelsa State treasury between October 2009 and February 2010.

He will be answering to charges bothering on conspiracy, money laundering and obtaining by false pretence,  contrary to sections 1(1)(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2004 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.

Beside accusing the ex-governor of looting public fund under the guise of using the monies to augment salaries of the Bayelsa state government, the anti-graft agency in the charge sheet it entered at the court registry yesterday, further identified three persons whose Bank accounts, it said was used as conduits pipes for transfer of the illicit funds.

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