Lagos - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has faulted the decision of the Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss theft charges against former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva.
According to the anti-graft agency, Justice Mohammed, in dismissing the 42-count charge of stealing, erred in law as the accused persons had not taken any plea.
No proof of evidence was placed before the court and trial had not commenced, stated EFCC on Wednesday.
It noted that the dismissal of the charge by Justice Mohammed, following the application of the Commission to consolidate the charges against the former governor and his accomplices, does not amount to a discharge or an acquittal, and it does not preclude the power of the agency to bring fresh charges against the defendants.
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Sylva along with Francis Okokwo, Gbenga Balogun, and Samuel Ogbuku, are alleged to have used three companies – Marlin Maritime Limited, Eat Catering Services Limited, and Haloween-Blue Construction and Logistics Limited to move about N19,2 billion from Bayelsa State coffers between
2009 and 2012, under false pretence of using the withdrawn money to augment salaries of the state government workers.
Justice Mohammed on Wednesday, 2015 while ruling on a notice of preliminary objection filed by counsel to the accused, dismissed the charges, describing it as an abuse of court processes.
- CAJ News