Former Bayelsa Governor, Timpreye Sylva today turned himself to the EFCC and docked on Tuesday before a Federal High Court Chief Judge, Justice Adamu Bello of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. He was charged on a six count charge.
The former governor pleaded not guilty to the six count charge, while his lead counsel lawyer, Chief Lateef Fagbemi moved for his bail which was vehemently opposed by Mr. Festus Keyamo who represented the anti graft agency in the matter. The former governor was remanded in EFCC custody till Thursday, 7 June, to deliver ruling on the bail application.
No sooner had the court concluded with proceedings in the matter and was about to call up the next case on the list, operatives of the anti graft agency swooped into the court and pounced on Silva to effect his arrest. The court berated the operatives over their conduct and directed the EFCC’s lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo to call them to order. He subsequently ordered the operatives out of his court as he was yet to sign the order for the custody of the former governor which must be done before the anti graft agency can take him into custody.