The case involving Timipre Sylva, former governor of Bayelsa State, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), before Ahmed Mohammed, justice of the federal high Court, Abuja, for allegedly stealing from the coffers of the state to the tune of N19.2 billion while being the governor between 2007 and 2011, could not go on as expected on Tuesday.
The matter was initially adjourned to Tuesday for ruling on an application filed by the third accused, Gbenga Balogun, through his counsel, Israel Olorundare (SAN), praying the court to first determine the legal standing of the lead prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), to handle the matter, and also to determine his motion challenging the competence of the 42-count charge.
However, Justice Mohammed sent in words through one of his assistants that ruling was not yet ready and asked counsel to agree on a date. Consequently, the case was adjourned to May 14, 2015 for ruling on the third accused motion, having confirmed the date to be convenient for the court.
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