All day for the thief and one day is for the owner goes a common proverb. This proverb came to reality when the EFCC on Wednesday 8th May, 2013, arrested the former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva in a rather ridiculous manner. He was fished out from his residence at No. 3 Niger Street, Maitama, Abuja.
On their arrival at about 10.00 am, EFCC operatives were lied to 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. To their surprise, the ex-governor who was said to be out of town was caught hiding in a dingy corner in the upper chamber of his mansion.
He was immediately whisked away to the Abuja headquarters of the anti-graft agency for interrogation. He is being grilled in connection with fresh evidence linking him with several fraudulent transactions that border on money laundering.
Part of the new evidence includes a number of eye-popping real estate acquisitions in Abuja. The arrest of Sylva is sequel to his refusal to honour invitations by the EFCC. 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 promised to appear with his client on May 7, 2013, but failed to do so. The EFCC has however warned that it will not longer tolerate the antics of politicians who treat its invitations with levity.