Former Bayelsa governor, DSP Alammieyeseigha dies

The former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha is dead.
Alamieyeseigha, otherwise known as DSP, was fondly referred to as the Governor-General of Izon Nation was said to have died of cardiac arrest at the University of Port Harcourt teaching Hospital on Saturday afternoon, October 10th.
The former governor was recent wanted for extradiction to UK by the British government for corruption charges.
Alamieyeseigha was born in 16 November 1952 in Amassoma, Ogboin North Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.
He attended the Bishop Dimeari Grammar School, Yenagoa. He joined the Nigerian Defence Academy as a Cadet Officer in 1974, then joined the Nigerian Air Force, where he served in the department of Logistics and Supply. He held various air force positions in Enugu, Markurdi, Kaduna and Ikeja. Alamieyeseigha retired from the air force in 1992 as a Squadron Leader.
After leaving the air force he became the Sole Administrator of Pabod Supplies Port Harcourt. Later he became Head of Budget, Planning, Research and Development of the National Fertiliser Company (NAFCON).
Diepreye Alamieyeseigha was impeached on allegations of corruption on 9 December 2005
Diepreye Alamieyeseigha was detained in London on charges of money laundering in September 2005. At the time of his arrest, Metropolitan police found about £1m in cash in his London home. Later they found a total of £1.8m ($3.2m) in cash and bank accounts. He has been found to own real estate in London worth an alleged £10 million.. His state’s monthly federal allocation for the last six years has been in the order of £32 million. He jumped bail in December 2005 from the United Kingdom by allegedly disguising himself as a woman, a claim which he denied.

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On July 26, 2007, Alamieyeseigha pleded guilty before a Nigerian court to six charges and was sentenced to two years in prison on each charge; however, because the sentences were set to run concurrently and the time was counted from the point of his arrest nearly two years before the sentences, his actual sentence was relatively short. Many of his assets were ordered to be forfeited to the Bayelsa state government.
Alamieyeseigha then said he only pleade guilty due to his age and would have fought the charges had he been younger. On July 27, just hours after being taken to prison, he was released due to time already served. Afterwards, he was granted pardon by former President Goodluck Jonathan who served as his deputy while he was the governor of Bayelsa state

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