Timipre Sylva, former governor of Bayelsa state, has denied the report that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) returned 48 houses it seized from him under former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Describing the report as “strange, speculative and malicious”, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain said he only has three houses in the federal capital territory.
He threatened to file legal action over the report, and said there was no time the courts confirmed his ownership of such property.
“We have read a report in a national newspaper, which was reproduced by a few online publications and in the social media, claiming that Chief Timipre Sylva had ‘retrieved 48 of his properties which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission seized during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan,” Sylva said in a statement issued on his behalf by Doifie Buokoribo, his media adviser.
“We view this report with disgust, given its unconcealed speculation and vindictiveness regarding such a sensitive matter.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Sylva does not own 48 buildings in Abuja or anywhere in the world. So the issue of reclaiming ‘48 houses’ does not arise. He has only three houses in Abuja, which he built before he became the governor of Bayelsa State.
“This point has been made several times before, and neither EFCC nor those who had used EFCC as a tool of persecution against Sylva during the Goodluck Jonathan administration have contradicted this fact.