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Ex-Bayelsa governor's trial to resume May

29 April 2015, 15:07Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The case involving the former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, is now expected to resume on May 14.

This follows its failure to take off at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday.

The matter was initially adjourned to today for ruling on an application filed by the third accused, Gbenga Balogun, through his counsel Israel Olorundare, praying the court to first determine the legal standing of the lead prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, to handle the matter, and also to determine his motion challenging the competence of the 42-count charge.

However, Justice Mohammed said the ruling was not yet ready hence the adjournment to May.

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Sylva is facing prosecution for allegedly stealing N19,2 billion while he was governor between 2007 and 2011.

Sylva along with his co-accused, Francis Okokwo, Gbenga Balogun, and Samuel Ogbuku, were alleged to have used three companies - Marlin Maritime Limited, Eat Catering Services Limited, and Haloween-Blue Construction and Logistics Limited to fraudulently siphon money from the Bayelsa State coffers between 2009 and 2012, under false pretence of using the withdrawn money to augment salaries of the state government workers.

- CAJ News


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