Abuja - A former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have disagreed over the existence and the ownership of 48 houses allegedly traced to the ex-governor, Punch reports.
Sylva had claimed that he has only three houses in Abuja while the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, insisted on Monday that the ex-governor owned the 48 houses, allegedly returned to him by a court’s order.
Uwujaren added that the commission had begun fresh moves to challenge the return of the said houses to Sylva before the Court of Appeal.
EFCC had traced and sealed off 48 properties allegedly owned by Sylva.
The EFCC had subsequently arraigned the ex-governor for an alleged N19bn fraud and slammed 50 charges against him.
News24 had reported that Sylva retrieved 48 properties that were previously seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The properties, located mostly in affluent areas of Abuja such as Wuse II and Maitama, are said to range from N2.5 million to N6 million per annum in rent.
The properties were reportedly seized during former President Goodluck Jonathan's tenure in office, with the EFCC taking ownership of the residences in 2013.
Sylva was subsequently charged with N19.2 billion fraud, with the ex-Governor being accused of stealing funds from the state between 2007 and 2011.
- News 24