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|FG Withdraws N2.45bn Fraud Suit Against Sylva, EFCC Kicks by thefakestan: 5:11am On Jun 02, 2015|
CHANGE IS HERE!!!
The Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. M.S. Diri, on Monday withdrew the N2.45bn fraud charges instituted against a former governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Timipre Sylva.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on May 18, 2015 re-arraigned Sylva on six counts of fraud before Justice Evoh Chukwu of a Federal High Court in Abuja.
But the EFCC, represented by its Assistant Director, Legal and Prosecution, Mr. J.O Ojogbane, said the anti-graft agency was not part of the decision to withdraw the charges.
Following the withdrawal of the former prosecuting counsel, Mr. Festus Keyamo, from the case on May 25, 2015, it was handed over to the DPP.
But instead of the DPP appearing in court on Monday for the commencement of trial, he issued a fiat to a private lawyer, O.J Nnadi (SAN), to continue prosecuting the case.
Nnadi, during the Monday’s proceedings tendered the freshly issued fiat before the court and told the judge that the EFCC had instructed him to withdraw the suit.
He then urged the court to strike out the case.
He said, “We are ready for trial, but following the instruction this morning (Monday morning), EFCC directed that this charge be withdrawn.
“I received instruction from Ojogbane that this charge against the defendant be withdrawn. We urge this court to strike out the charge.”
But Ojogbane who appeared together with Nnadi and other lawyers for the prosecution, expressed surprise over the team leader’s claim that the EFCC gave the instruction for the withdrawal of the case.
The EFCC lawyer said, “I’m a little bit surprised by the submission of the learned silk (Nnadi).
“The instruction from my own Director, Legal and Prosecution of the EFCC, Mr. Chime Okoroma, is for me to appear with the DPP of the Federation who he said would be coming to court this morning to withdraw this charge on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation.
“When I got to the court this morning I did not see him (DPP) but I saw the name of the learned silk on the case list. I approached him and he confirmed to me that he had been briefed by the office of the AGF. He (Nnadi) told me he has the fiat of the AGF which is already admitted as exhibit in this court.
“He (Nnadi) put a call through to the DPP of the Federation whom I had the privilege of speaking with on the learned silk’s telephone and he told me that the learned silk was going to withdraw the charge.
“It is not correct to say that EFCC asked him to withdraw the charge. EFCC did not instruct me to come and withdraw the charge.”
Ojogbane explained that the reason given by the DPP for withdrawing the case was that Sylva had similar charges pending against him before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the same Federal High Court in Abuja.
He said, “I can confirm that this charge is to be withdrawn this morning by the office of the DPP and the reason given was that there are two similar matters against the accused person in this court – one before your lordship and another one before Justice A.R Mohammed which has progressed more than the one before your lordship.”
Sylva’s lawyer, Mr. Israel Olorundare (SAN), did not oppose the application for the withdrawal of the suit.
He urged the court to strike it out as prayed by the prosecution but he also urged the court to order the release of his client’s passport which had been in the custody of the court since he was first arraigned in 2012.
Olorundare also urged the court to restrain the EFCC from arresting Sylva based on the charges that were withdrawn.
While Nnadi did not oppose the release of Sylva’s passport to him, the lawyer said the court could not possibly give any order in anticipation of his arrest.
Justice Chukwu in his ruling struck out the case as he held that the Attorney-General of the Federation possessed the power under the constitution to delegate his power to issue a fiat as it was done in the case.
The judge also ordered that Sylva’s passport be released to him with the striking out of his case before the court.
The EFCC had on May 18, 2015 re-arraigned Sylva for the offences he allegedly committed between October 2009 and February 2010 as governor of Bayelsa State."
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|Re: FG Withdraws N2.45bn Fraud Suit Against Sylva, EFCC Kicks by Nobody: 5:12am On Jun 02, 2015|
EFCC kicks? Na ball?
|Re: FG Withdraws N2.45bn Fraud Suit Against Sylva, EFCC Kicks by whizbee(m): 6:16am On Jun 02, 2015|
HONESTLY, WHEN PEOPLE SHARE IN CORRUPT FUNDS, D LAW SUDDENLY BECOMES VOID,CHANGE INDEED
|Re: FG Withdraws N2.45bn Fraud Suit Against Sylva, EFCC Kicks by Aegon(m): 6:47am On Jun 02, 2015|
whizbee:Change indeed. Small Small we don de see the handwriting on the wall. By the time this people finish with Nigeria in 4 years time we will be singing praises to Good luck and PDP. Can you fight corruption with corruption? Story for the gods.
|Re: FG Withdraws N2.45bn Fraud Suit Against Sylva, EFCC Kicks by ahaika23: 6:50am On Jun 02, 2015|
See as fashola, buhari and tinubu avoid this thread! smh for their empty-headed followers
|Re: FG Withdraws N2.45bn Fraud Suit Against Sylva, EFCC Kicks by kazmanbanjoko(m): 7:00am On Jun 02, 2015|
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|Re: FG Withdraws N2.45bn Fraud Suit Against Sylva, EFCC Kicks by modath(f): 7:15am On Jun 02, 2015|
Trust breakingtimes.com to spin the story in a negative light to besmirch the APC/PMB
A part of the six count charge was withdrawn in order to CONSOLIDATE the existing charges
Why are you people like this Buhari knows there is no difference between stealing and corruption unlike your HERO,... Yes I said it, y'all can come out of the woodworks with your usual curses and abuses.
|Re: FG Withdraws N2.45bn Fraud Suit Against Sylva, EFCC Kicks by yemaldo(m): 7:18am On Jun 02, 2015|
Pmb,I voted for you because I believe u will do d right thing,anything other than that,jona treatment awaits u
|Re: FG Withdraws N2.45bn Fraud Suit Against Sylva, EFCC Kicks by ahaika23: 8:21am On Jun 02, 2015|
modath:it's not only to consolidate, how about releasingdate?
|Re: FG Withdraws N2.45bn Fraud Suit Against Sylva, EFCC Kicks by spenca: 8:35am On Jun 02, 2015|
AGF withdrew the case ,does Buhari have a AGF ? GEJ evented this before his departure to give peace in bayelsa as it is that with was done only to witch hunt.
|Re: FG Withdraws N2.45bn Fraud Suit Against Sylva, EFCC Kicks by Legitbaba(m): 8:44am On Jun 02, 2015|
If Sylva is freed....it ll clear all doubts dat Buhari cnt fight corruption...
|Re: FG Withdraws N2.45bn Fraud Suit Against Sylva, EFCC Kicks by seunmsg(m): 9:05am On Jun 02, 2015|
I think it's better to consolidate all the charges and prosecute one single case instead of two. PDP should stop spinning this story to look like Sylva has been left off the hook. He still has a case to answer before the federal high court.
|Re: FG Withdraws N2.45bn Fraud Suit Against Sylva, EFCC Kicks by ahaika23: 11:27am On Jun 02, 2015|
seunmsg:since when did punch become a pdp press company? you Yorubas are impossible! defending sylva just because he alligns with apc
|Re: FG Withdraws N2.45bn Fraud Suit Against Sylva, EFCC Kicks by saintopus(m): 12:49pm On Jun 02, 2015|
Sylva freed, Kashamu prepares for jail. Hypocrisy!
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