A former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, has recovered his 48 houses seized from him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC had on January 3, 2013 taken possession of 48 properties belonging to the former governor while he was on trial.
It blamed Justice Adeniyi Ademola for the outcome of the trial, stating that he was the one who thwarted the case in a controversial ruling.
The anti-graft agency had recently come under fire for returning the seized houses to Sylva who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“He [Sylva] was facing 42 charges before Justice Mohammed of the FHC Abuja. The said properties were forfeited as part of the trial.
“The EFCC applied to consolidate charges against him before Justice Mohammed after the DPP, on June 1, 2015, withdrew its own charges.
“On June 10, 2015, rather than hear the case, Justice Mohammed dismissed the charges without him and co-defendants taking their pleas.
“On June 12, 2015 the EFCC filed fresh charges, and on July 9, 2015, brought 50 counts against him before Justice Ademola. The EFCC expressed its discontent at the ruling, and Chief Justice of the Federal High Court, Abuja reassigned the case to Justice Ademola of the FHC Abuja.
“The EFCC had expected a speedy/fair trial. But no! Few days to the Bayelsa State governorship election, Justice Ademola freed him without pleas taken,” the EFCC said.