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Ex-Governor’s 48 houses seized by EFCC returned

 

The Economic Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) has returned the seized 48 houses belonging to the
Former Governor of Bayelsa state, Timipre Sylva, Punch reports.

Some of the property, located in Wuse II and Maitama areas of Abuja, were seized during the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan.
The EFCC had arraigned Sylva before three federal high courts in Abuja on 50 charges bordering on corruption. 

The case was later struck out as Silva claimed he was being witch-hunted by the anti-graft commission, and accused it of political persecution.
It
was gathered that the inscription ‘EFCC, Keep Off’ on the some of the
houses entrance and walls have been cleaned off, while some have been
rented out.
A Punch reporter who was said to have
posed as a prospective tenant was informed that the rent for the
property ranged between N2.5m and N6m per annum.

It
was further gathered that sixteen units of service apartments at Plot
1181 Thaba Tseka Crescent, off IBB Way in the Wuse II area of the
federal capital territory (FCT), cost N6m per annum including a N1.5m
service charge.
“When the EFCC sealed off this
property, it was rotting away. However, it was re-opened a few months
ago so we started to refurbish the property. We have repainted the
property and we have started renting the apartments out,” a guard at the
property was quoted to have said.
The EFCC is yet to comment on the development.
The case against Sylva was struck out as he claimed he was being
witch-hunted by the anti-graft commission, and accused it of political
persecution
.

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