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Alamieyeseigha’s Journey So Far

Diepreye-Alamieyeseigha

Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, born on 16 November in Amassoma, Ogboin North Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, was governor of Bayelsa State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 9 December 2005 under the unbrella of People Democratic Party, PDP .
Alamieyeseigha 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. He 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 once detained in London on charges of money laundering in September 2005. At the time of his arrest, Metropolitan police found about one million pounce in cash in his London home. Later they found a total of 1.8m ($3.2m) in cash and bank accounts. He jumped bail in December 2005 from the United Kingdom by allegedly disguising himself as a woman, which he denied this claim.
On July 26, 2007, Alamieyeseigha pleaded guilty before a Nigerian court to six charges and was sentenced to two years in prison; 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. According to Alamieyeseigha, he only pled 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.
In December 2009, the federal government hired a British law firm to help dispose of four expensive properties acquired by Alamieyeseigha in London. Alamieyeseigha had bought one of these properties for £1,750,000.00 in July 2003, paying in cash and used it as his London residence, and as the registered office of Solomon and Peters Inc.
On June 28, 2012, the United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) announced that it had executed an asset forfeiture order on $401,931 in a Massachusetts brokerage fund, traceable to Alamieyeseigha. US prosecutors filed court papers in April 2011 targeting the Massachusetts brokerage fund and a $600,000 Maryland home, which they alleged were the proceeds of corruption. A motion for default judgement and civil forfeiture was granted by a Massachusetts federal district judge in early June 2012. The forfeiture order was the first to be made under the DoJ’s fledgling Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.
On 12 March 2013, Alamieyeseigha was pardoned by President Goodluck Jonathan, but his pardoning was criticised by many.
Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, DSP, on the 10th of October, 2015, he reportedly died following a sudden cardiac arrest at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, after he was said to have slipped into a coma two days ago.

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