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Alamieyeseigha – Arrested at Last

Posted by Luminus on December 9, 2005

The embattled former (yes, you read that right) governor of the oild rich state of Bayelsa has been impeached and his deputy Mr Goodluck Jonathan, who has been the acting governor for a while has been sworn in as the substantive governor of the state. 17 members of the state House of Assembly who sat in Yenogoa under tight security voted for his removal.

The Bow Street Magistrate Court, yesterday issued a warrant for the arrest of Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha of Bayelsa State for failing to appear before it at the resumption of his trial over alleged money laundering. With the issuance of the international warrant of arrest, the International Police (INTERPOL), can arrest Alamieyeseigha anywhere, except in Nigeria where he has immunity as provided in section 308 of the 1999 constitution. At the resumption of the trial yesterday, the prosecuting counsel from the Crown Prosecution Services, Mr. Mark Ludcraft, told the court that Alamieyeseigha must be presumed to have jumped bail since he had not reported to the Paddington Police Station since November 18. He, therefore, asked the court to issue a warrant for his arrest.

This impeachment has voided his immunity to prosecution and as a direct consequence, police and troops, who had been besieging the governor in his office in the state capital Yenagoa, arrested him and took him to police headquarters. A government official said he was then taken away to the federal capital Abuja. Hopefully he’ll end up in the UK and get his just desserts.
Amidst the crises, Oil company officials said they were following developments in the state but were unaware of any trouble in response to Alamieyeseigha’s arrest.

Apart from this being a feather in the Anti-Corruption campaing cap of President Olusegun Obasanjo, I for one am happy that the lawmakers of Bayelsa state did not allow the shameful behaviour of the now ex-governor go unpunished. At the very least this’ll do a bit of damage control to the already battered image of our dear nation.

I’ll let y’all make your own inferences and conclusions after you read proper news articles here and here. Read those and let me hear your views.


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