Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Re-Arraignment Of Former Bayelsa Governor, Timipre Sylva Stalled

The arraignment of the former Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva and six others before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja did not go on today as expected

Though, the ex-governor was present in court, his counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN objected to his client taking a plea on the grounds that they were not served with hearing notice.

He contended that the provision of the law which allows for seven days before arraignment should be complied with.

Counsel to EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs however urged the presiding judge , Justice A.R Mohammed to proceed with the arraignment since the accused persons were already in court.

Besides, he added that the defence already have a proof of evidence and the amended charge.

But Fagbemi insisted on the defence’s right to a hearing notice.

Consequently, Justice Mohammed adjourned the case to January twenty three, twenty fourteen for hearing on the notice of preliminary objection.

Sylva was to be re-arraigned following fresh evidence linking him with a bouquet of fraudulent transactions that borders on money laundering during his tenure as governor of Bayelsa State between two thousand and nine and twenty twelve.

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