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Monday, October 12, 2015

TRIBUTE TO FORMER BAYELSA GOVERNOR, DSP ALAMIEYESEIGHA



A former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Solomon Peter (DSP) Alamieyeseigha is dead.The former governor, 63, who the British government want extradited to London to face corruption charges, died from cardiac arrest at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) on Saturday afternoon.

Fondly called DSP or Governor-General of the Ijaw nation by his peers, Alamieyeseigha, reportedly fell ill some days ago and had planned to seek treatment in Dubai when he suddenly suffered a cardiac arrest, slipped into a coma and ended up being place on a life support machine until he gave up the ghost Saturday.
DSP, then a serving governor, was detained in London by the Metropolitan Police in September 2015 on allegations of corruption and money laundering. He fled the country after he was released on bail.


There were speculations in the press that the British government had renewed interest in seeking his extradition to London.
Born on November 16, 1952 in Amassoma, Ogboin North Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, Alamieyeseigha attended the Bishop Dimeari Grammar School, Yenagoa before joining the Nigerian Defence Academy as a cadet officer in 1974 and later the Nigerian Air Force, where he served in the department of Logistics and Supply. Here, he held various positions in Enugu, Markurdi, Kaduna and Ikeja before retiring as a Squadron Leader.

He was impeached as Governor on December 9, 2005, on allegations of graft. He was subsequently tried and convicted following a plea deal. He was later granted pardon by President Goodluck Jonathan.

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