The Citizens Initiative for Better Nigeria (CIBN) has urged the former minister of state for petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, to withdraw from the forthcoming governorship race in Bayelsa state.
The CIBN made the demand at a press conference on Thursday, April 13, in Abuja.
Addressing journalists, Comrade Kabiru Matazu, chief convener of CIBN, demanded for Sylva’s prosecution by the Nigeria Police Force.
He said the CIBN has been trying since last year to uncover the true identity of Sylva, who recently resigned as minister of state for petroleum resources, to contest the forthcoming Bayelsa state governorship election.
Comrade Matazu said the CIBN has been vindicated as a prominent indigene of Bayelsa, Comrade Timi Frank has engaged a law firm in Abuja to author petitions and Freedom of Information letters to various agencies on the subject matter.
”The petitions and letters which we obtained and will make available to the media were dated 31st March, 2023 and addressed to the Lagos State Ministry of Education, WAEC, UNIPORT, Inspector-General of Police, Department of State Services, Code of Conduct Bureau, amongst other agencies. ”In his usual way of fighting corruption, Comrade Timi Frank through his lawyers is requesting the schools purportedly attended by Chief Timipre Sylva between 1976 till 2011 to verify whether the certificates bearing different names being paraded by Chief Timipre Sylva actually belong to him.
”On the strength of his petitions, Comrade Timi Frank wants the Inspector-General of Police to activate the powers under Section 4 of the Police Act, 2020 by jumpstarting investigation of Chief Timipre Sylva. ”He also seeking the derecognition of Chief Timipre Sylva by the Bayelsa state House of Assembly as former governor.”
Comrade Matazu stated that Sylva’s attempt to go back as governor is so that he can have immunity to escape prosecution.
”It is high time he makes himself available for questioning over how he alone could possess four different academic certificates.”