EFCC Press Release: EFCC Arrests Timipre Sylva

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today (May 8, 2013) arrested the former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva. He was picked up at his No. 3, Niger Street, Maitama, Abuja home. On arrival at the facility at about 10.00 am, the Commission’s operatives were told that the ex-governor was not in town but they insisted on conducting a search of the house having obtained a warrant from the court.

During the search, vital documents were obtained. Ironically, the ex-governor who was said to be out of town was later found hiding in a dingy corner in the upper chamber of his expansive mansion.

He was immediately whisked away and is currently being interrogated at the Abuja headquarters of the anti- graft agency. He is being grilled in connection with fresh evidence linking him with a bouquet of fraudulent transactions that borders on money laundering. Part of the new evidence includes a number of eye-popping real estate acquisitions in Abuja.

The arrest of the former governor is sequel to his refusal to honour invitations by the Commission. Rather than appear before the EFCC, he got his lawyers to inform the Commission that he was unable to appear because he was sick, and hospitalised in Lagos. The lawyer had promised to appear with his client on May 7, 2013 but failed to do so.

The Commission warns that it will not longer tolerate the antics of suspects who treat its invitations with levity.

Wilson Uwujaren

Ag. Head, Media & Publicity



  1. A welcome development. But why do people just behave like this, first Alamesieya dressed like a woman to escape justice, now this hiding like a rat in a corner.let’s hope justice get serve right this time and not amnesty.

  2. Sir,this is a shameful development and i wonder why our politician are of this character.I believe that if he does not have something to hide,why will he hide in the dingy corner of the mansion he build with state money.It is time for we Nigerians to act before this corrupt leader put the future of our children in jeaopady.Sir i believe in Revolution of the mind,which has to do with action of some people tha will not mind what will happen.But all for good governance and a better future for this great nation of ours.

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