Monday, 3 October 2016

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.

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