The Moment (London)

13 July 2012

Nigeria: Sylva Denies Alleged Involvement in 2010 Independence Day Bombing

IMMEDIATE past governor of Bayelsa state, Mr. Timipre sylva has refuted reports of his knowledge of the bombings of 1st October 2010,as being alleged by the State security service (SSS).

He described as utterly shocking, reports of a statement in court by a state witness claiming that he (Sylva) had fore-knowledge of the blast.

"For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state that the so-called testimony is completely false mischievous, and misleading. Sylva knows nothing about the independence-day bombing. He has nothing to do with it," Diefie ola, his media adviser said.

'It is a public knowledge tha the alleged mastermind of the 1st October 2010 Abuja bombing, Henry Okah, who is currently standing trial in South African court, has deposed to an affidavit in which he did not m,mention Sylva as having any links to thebalst'

Sylva wondered what the SSS wants achieve with the falsehood by the so-called independent witness', saying the testimony by the unnamed witness smells of obvious desperation to drag Sylva into what he knows nothing about, perhaps, in continuation of the deliberate political victimization that has been melted out to him in recent times.

"It is sad that after all they have done against Sylva, the forces of reaction appear not yet satisfied. Now they want to rope him into a treasonable offense he did not commit. that way, it would be easy to silence him for ever since under our laws the punishment for treason is death', the statement further added.

Nigerians have, in recent times, been witnesses to the fates of innocent Nigerians who were sent to their early graves or incarcerated unjustly on phantom charges oof concealment. Having emerged from that ugly past,the security agencies and the political class must be careful to avoid things that may re-enact the bad political times'.

it aded that Sylva was completely disassociating himself from the Independence Day bombing and was advising security agencies to prosecute their job with professionalism untainted with politics.

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