Vanguard (Lagos)

5 January 2013

Nigeria: I Don't Have 48 Houses Anywhere in the World - Sylva

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One of the seized property.

FORMER Governor of Bayelya State, Chief Timipre Sylva, Saturday, insisted that the 48 properties in Abuja, allegedly confiscated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, were not his, saying he had no 48 properties anywhere in the world.

According to him, he had only three properties in Abuja but said he and his wife acquired the three Abuja properties before he became governor.

He declared that the three properties were declared in his assets declaration form after he became governor.

In a statement made available to Vanguard in Abuja, through his counsel, Mr Benson Ibezim, Sylva said the anti-graft agency was out to humiliate him just as he advised people not to jump to conclusion based on what they read in the media.

"We seriously frown at the practice of media trial and condemnation without getting to the root and substance of the facts. Trials are done in courts of law and not on the pages of newspapers where the general public is fed with all manner of falsehood, including imaginary 48 houses. We humbly and respectfully call on the media to exercise due diligence in their reporting", he said.

"We were astonished to read from virtually all Nigerian Newspapers that 48 houses belonging to Chief Timipre Sylva were seized.

In the first instance, Chief Timipre Sylva is not having 48 properties anywhere in the world. The three properties he has in Abuja had been secured by an order of court granted by F.C.T. High Court and the Attorney General of the Federation and EFCC has been duly served since the 27th day of December, 2012".

The former governor accused the Attorney General of the Federation and the Chairman of EFCC of sinister plan to humiliate him by throwing him out of his house that he bought before he assumed the governorship office.

"It should also be mentioned that when Chief Timipre Sylva became aware of the sinister plan of the EFCC to humiliate him by throwing him out of his house that was bought before he became the governor of Bayelsa State, we wrote a letter to the Attorney General of the Federation and the Chairman of EFCC. Till date both of them did not response to the said letters".

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