There are reports that a former Governor of Bayelsa State and All Progressives Congress(APC) chieftain, Timipre Sylva, has allegedly reclaimed 48 of his properties seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC). Recall in 2013(during the tenure of then president Dr. Goodluck Jonathan), the anti-graft agency seized 48 properties belonging to Sylva who was prosecuted at a Federal High Court in Abuja for alleged misappropriation of N6.46 billion state funds when he was governor of Bayelsa state.
Sylva, who defected from Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to APC in 2015, is said to have reclaimed some of the properties located mostly in highbrow areas of Abuja such as Wuse II and Maitama. The properties which had the inscription ‘EFCC, Keep Off’ on the gates or fences of the properties, had been wiped off the buildings while some of the buildings had been rented out. A PUNCH newspaper correspondent, who posed as a prospective tenant, was informed that the rent for the properties ranged between N2.5m and N6m per annum.