Sources have attributed the death of the former governor to constant worry over his extradition to the US which led to his inability to get proper treatment in Dubai
The cause of Diepreye Alamieyeseigha’s death has been revealed. According to family sources, Alamieyeseigha who died at the age of 62 on Saturday, October 10, 2015 has been battling with diabetics. The former Governor and strongman of Bayelsa died at University of Port Harcourt teaching Hospital where he was recieving treatment after he went into coma.
The death of Alamieyeseigha has been attributed to many things. A reliable source was quoted as saying that Alamieyeseigha was seriously troubled about his planned arrest and transfer to the UK for further prosecution on money laundering.
“The matter has been troubling him and he disclosed this to those around him”
“When he is not in Nigeria, he is mostly in Dubai to rest and see his doctors.
“This time around, he returned during the week but went into coma shortly afterwards,” the source said.
It is believed in many quarters that the continued pressure by the UK government on their Nigerian counterpart and the insistence to arrest and prosecute Alamieyeseigha might have pushed him closer to his grave. The government it was gathered had planned on arresting and extraditing him to face prosecution charges in the UK on money laundering charges. The development it was learnt didn’t go down well with him as this made him restless.
It will be recalled that on December, 9, 2005, Alamieyeseigha was impeached as the Governor of Bayelsa state on allegations of corruption. He has been on a long battle with the UK government after he jumped bail. While a serving governor, Alamieyeseigha was arrested and charged in UK by the British government on money laundering allegations. In September of 2005, Alamieyeseigha while in detention in the UK, escaped from custody and fled to Nigeria dressed as a woman. Since then, the UK government has been on the neck of its Nigerian counterpart to arrest and return Alamieyeseigha to UK for prosecution.
The Goodluck Jonathan administration did not heed to this demand and instead, the administration granted Alamieyeseigha state clemency as he was forgiven of all his sins. Many saw that move as a way of calming the nerves of the Niger Deltans who saw Alamieyeseigha as a pillar of trust.
At the end of Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, the UK government has intensified effort to arrest and prosecute Alamieyeseigha. This was made clear through its British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Pocock, who insisted that Alamieyeseigha still has money laundering case to answer in UK. In September, Pocock reiterated its government position on Alamieyeseigha’s case.
He said: “The former governor skipped bail in the UK on a charge of money laundering and returned to Nigeria. So, he has an outstanding charge in the UK, which is there for him to answer,”
“We have already discussed it and the Nigerian government knows our views. But we would like to see him return and answer the charge in the UK.”
The new development must have worried the former governor who believes the no-nonsense approach of the President Buhari government might make it possible for the UK government to have its request granted. Considering the Buhari administration’s commitment to root out corruption and the need to appear serious on its corruption war, Alamieyeseigha worried too much.
“The matter has been troubling him and he disclosed this to those around him.
“He went to Dubai for his routine check-up and treatment. He goes there once in a while since he was diagnosed for diabetic. He was also hypertensive,” said the source.
“He has been on support since then at University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital,” the source continued.
The former strongman of Bayelsa state is no more. The remarkable journey of his life and the many cases against him no longer hold sway.