The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reacted to the decision of the Federal High Court Abuja, to dismiss the 42-count charge of stealing brought against former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva.
Justice A.R Mohammed dismissed the suit against Sylva on the grounds of abuse of court process but the EFCC says that in dismissing the charge, the court erred in law as the accused persons had not taken any plea; no proof of evidence was placed before the court and the trial process had not begun.
The EFCC said its decision to add to the charges against Sylva does not mean it is not following due court process adding the dismissal does not stop the court from bringing new and fresh charges against Sylva.
Sylva was accused of using three companies; Marlin Maritime Limited, Eat Catering Services Limited, and Haloween-Blue Construction and Logistics Limited to embezzle N19.2 billion from Bayelsa State treasury between 2009 and 2012 with the help of Francis Okokwo, Gbenga Balogun, and Samuel Ogbuku, as a guise to pay state workers salaries.
Justice Mohammed in his ruling on Wednesday dismissed the charges saying it was an abuse of court processes following a notice of preliminary objection filed by counsel to Sylva, L. O. Fagbemi, SAN.
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