The Federal High Court sitting today in Abuja has granted Timipreye Sylva Bail in sum of N100 million. He was asked by the court to produce a surety in like sum. According to the Judge the surety must be a responsible citizen of Nigeria and a resident of Abuja, with property of not less than N100 million.
The court also said the documents of the property must be deposited with it and that Sylva must keep his travel passport with it. He was also asked not to travel out of the country without the permission of the Court. However, the case is adjourned till September 19, 2012 for tentative date of trial.
Meanwhile a security official who weas with the former governor at the time of the bail processes and at the subsequent signing of relevant documents at the EFCC office, said that; “he looks fresh and smart and it is being seen as if nothing has happened to him, unlike other governors that are being charged, you see them look worn out and worried and some even cries.” The former governor, according to a source close to the former governor, has returned to his home in Maitama, Abuja.
Yesterday, 247ureports.com had reported that the judiciary may give the governor a soft landing – owing to a perception that the Presidency maybe eager to use the judiciary against his political rival, Timipre Sylva. See the report FORMER BAYELSA GOVERNOR TO GET SOFT LANDING