The long awaited exicted of Court appearance of the former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva has suffered anti climax.
The former governor was slated to appear at the Abuja Federal High Court in Abuja today [May 8, 2012] to answer to charges brought fourth by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission[EFCC] regarding allegations of embellzzement of Bayelsa State treasury. But the presiding Judge, without offering reasons, postponed the hearing to Monday May 28, 2012.
The slated court appearance by the former governor of Bayelsa State had been marred in controversy following allegations that the President of the rederal republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebelemi Jonathan may have intentions to arrest the former governor immediately following his appearance at the court – over allegations of treason. The former governor had written previously about his safety and concerns of being arrest under “fake” charges of treason – which carries a death penalty. In the letter, the former governor sought a public assurance from the President that he will not be arrested as he appears for court.
The President did not respond and has yet to respond.
It is not certain to 247ureports.com whuy the Judge decided to postponed the court date without warning but sources close to the activities of power players in Abuja attribute the postponement to the dust raised by the open letter to the President.