By Dare Lawal
We were very shocked last week when we heard that Pres-elect Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Timipre Sylva, the ex-governor of Bayelsa state to head his inauguration committee.
Even though no court has indicted Sylva, the fact that he has an ongoing corruption and money laundering case to the tune of N19.2bn seemed like a good enough reason not to have him become the first appointment of a president-elect who campaigned on a vow to wage an anti-corruption war.
Anyway, the trial of the ex-governor is to resume today before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission accused Sylva of using three companies to commit the money laundering offences between 2009 and 2012 when he was governor of the tiny but resource rich state of Bayelsa.
The companies are Marlin Maritime Limited, Eat Catering Services Limited, and Haloween- Blue Construction and Logistics Limited.
Others charged with Sylva are Francis Okoburo, Gbenga S. Balogun, Samuel Ogbuku.
The EFCC instituted 42 counts of money laundering against the accused persons before Justice Ahmed Mohammed.