Britain writes FG, requests ex-convict Alamieyeseigha’s extradition to London

Former Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha
Former Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

By Paulinus Aidoghie

The United Kingdom has said that it has not given up on its efforts to extradite former Bayelsa State governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, back to Britain to face trial, the Sun Newspaper is reporting today.

The UK said it had already contacted the Federal Government requesting Mr. Alamieyeseigha’s extradition, and was awaiting a response to the request.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Pocock, told the paper in an exclusive interview that the former governor, who recently got state pardon from his criminal conviction in Nigeria, still has an outstanding case of money laundering to answer to in the UK and that the UK government will not give up until Mr. Alamieyeseigha is brought to justice.

Mr. Alamieyeseigha, then a serving governor, made a dramatic escape from the custody of the British authorities when he fled back to Nigeria from detention in September 2005. He would later be convicted on similar money laundering charges on July 26, 2007 in Nigeria after he was impeached as governor.

Although his recent state pardon by President Goodluck Jonathan hit the UK authorities as a rude shock, Mr. Pocock dismissed insinuations that London was planning to sanction Nigeria over the matter. According to him, “that is not the way we do things”.

The High Commissioner also revealed that UK had earlier requested for Alamieyeseigha’s extradition, but did not get any response.

Mr. Pocock said the UK had asked the Attorney General and Minister for Justice for Alamieyeseigha’s extradition and was still awaiting his position on the issue when President Goodluck Jonathan all of a sudden announced he has been extricated of all wrong doing via the state clemency.

The move to pardon him even when the application for his extradition to Britain was still pending was like daring the applying nation that feels strongly that Alamieyeseigha has a case to answer in their country.

According to Mr. Pocock, “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 charge in the UK.”

On UK’s past and present efforts to see that Alamieyeseigha is extradited to the UK, Mr. Pocock said: “Yes. I think we asked in the past. I am very sure we asked in the past. But I am not sure we got a formal response. So, we are still waiting for a formal response from the Nigerian government.

“We have asked the Attorney General. He will have to tell us what his position is on extradition. I haven’t had a reply yet, but we still wait for it,” the British envoy added.

SOURCE: The Sun

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nunije Ndy Ezenwafor Unije

    WATER DON PASS GARI!RUN ALAMS! RUN ALAMS!THE CREEKS WILL BE
    YOUR SAVE HEAVEN.

  • gbadegesin

    But our dear, loving, kind and pardon loving President Jonathan HAS PARDONED him. And our dear President DOES NOT HAVE APOLOGIES TO NIGERIAN CITIZENS. WHY WILL HE HAVE ANY APOLOGY TO COMMON COUNTRY LIKE UK. UK should go and siddon. Our President’s pardon has pardoned everything! And we do not owe anybody any apologies including Nigerian citizens and international community!!!

    • Fatima

      Yes bro, in Nigeria we don’t give a damn

      • deri

        the so-called envoy is an idiot! Who allowed Alams to leave Britain for Ivory Coast? Was it not Mi5 that dumped him in that West African country? Why were the British not able to make such demands on the government of Nigeria, all these while–what have they been waiting for? Mach Rich an American citizen was a fugitive for over 17 years in Switzerland–Yet he was pardoned by Bill Clinton -the same fraudster-had his wife renounce her American citizenship and became a British National—what did the British do then to March Rich and his wife? Who were laundering money all over Europe!? Where is Andy Uba who was caught by the yankees for laundering money for OBJ-is he not a senator-in Nigeria today? Where is the Orji Kalu who was once hunted by Ribadu-what about tinubu and Yerima– One law for the ppl of Niger Delta-anoda for the rest of 9ja- Let him-come and extradite Alams to Britain for us to see in the Niger Delta–what about Dariye the former governor of Plateau state? How did he leave the UK for Jos–If APC thinks Alams can be tried twice for the same offence and never be pardoned because of the zone-he hails from, they need to have their heads examined–how many governors were impeached and prosecuted by Ribadu-Oil-less 9jas who think they can use clowns like the ambassador to aid them in the pursuit of another civil war agenda in Nigeria or their regional schemes, should look for other agents- to handle their future in for them-its only those who have not seen war b4 that yearn for one-Nigeria was not created by Lord Lugard for Ijaws to be assassinated, singled out to be jailed and hanged-take your 9ja and give us our SS-we arre ready to go-

  • Hrh Lizzie

    a pardon is a pardon jare….GEJ stand firm in your forgiving so that God can also forgive you oooooo

    • ChukwudiDaBigotedOkoroBiafran

      Let me guess: Youre either Ibo, SS, both or just plain stupid…..

  • akpos1

    This is pure nonsense. Who sanctioned UK when it harbored the first money launderer from Nigeria – Umaru Dikko? UK even provided domestic security for this thief whom Nigeria wanted so badly that it stormed UK in a commando style to crate the bastard back to Nigeria. Unfortunately the plan failed & the UK kept this thief for over a decade. How come they want alams? This is most uncivilized behaviour by the UK govt & it depicts how deceitful these western nations can be. But uninformed africans have misplaced respect for them.

    • blogNaija

      Umaru Dikko pioneer of money laundering in Nigeria! akpos1 is questioning the moral standing of the UK govt in the case of Alamieyeseigha! all this is the politics being played over the welfare/destiny of 160 million Nigerians and future generations.

      many cases in our law courts have simply evolved into Nollywood movies with many episodes denting the capacity of our judicial system.

      but UK is asking a wrong person for extradition of a criminal who simply (at least directly) stole money; the same person could not take a stand (but keep deli-darling) on the murder case of Edo State gov aide, Mr. Oyerinde.

      UK forget it, like Ndy simply put it; Alamieyeseigha run to the creeks!

      • Omo Odua

        Which creek? The DRONES are coming into the creeks? Do you think the DRONES in Niger Republic are just for nothing? They to be use in the Creeks too, not only our prone borders!!!!

    • sarcasticnigerian

      akpos1/mpitikwelu/afam/deri/concernednigerian, this is why we should praise GEJ for quickly pardoning the criminal Alamieyeseigha. Remember President Jonathan knew that an extradition order to UK on the criminal Alamieyeseigha was waiting on his table. Who says our president is “clueless”- when it comes to saving his own neck and the necks of other corrupt mentors of his. Our President-President Jonathan quickly pulled a fast one on UK before the calls for extradition of Alamieyeseigha go to public again. You see what pardon can do? Who will not want to be on the side of a president! Let us praise our president for being very “smart”-at least on this one. So I agree with you akpos1/mpitikwelu/afam/Jonathan/deri/ UK should mind its business. Wehave our own jungle laws. Who cares? We do not want to be part of the world. Which world anyway-though wait a minute-our madams will like to go to UK hospitals!!!. Any inspite of that, we do not have any apologies-period!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mustapha.mustash Mustapha Shehu Mustash

      Umaru Dikko was not a money launderer please. He was in the UK on political asylum. Check your dictionary please.

    • Omo Odua

      My broda this FULANIS don go far, far ahead of you. Is ALAMS the only money laundering in Nigeria today? Why the BRITISH is only asking for his extradition not the rest? Just ask yourself this question, and digest it with no sentiment

    • igbiki

      Time has changed.

    • http://twitter.com/zgood1 H,N.Z

      Why are completely missing the point!the man is a thief,laundering money he stole while in gov.stop bringing up story that has nothing to do with this.Why you some people always compare what happened in U.S or U.K.As for Deri comment,I think your on a different planet.How do we move forward when every ct is reduced to tribe,religion ,zone

  • ode

    Interestingly shows how dishonest Jonathan is – granting state pardon to someone for whose extradition a commonwealth country has a pending request! Ha!! Lord have mercy!!! Disgusting!!!!

  • DERI

    the so-called envoy is an idiot! Who allowed Alams to leave Britain for Ivory Coast? Was it not Mi5 that dumped him in that West African country? Why were the British not able to make such demands on the government of Nigeria, all these while–what have they been waiting for? Mach Rich an American citizen was a fugitive for over 17 years in Switzerland–Yet he was pardoned by Bill Clinton -the same fraudster-had his wife renounce her American citizenship and became a British National—what did the British do then to March Rich and his wife? Who were laundering money all over Europe!? Where is Andy Uba who was caught by the yankees for laundering money for OBJ-is he not a senator-in Nigeria today? Where is the Orji Kalu who was once hunted by Ribadu-what about tinubu and Yerima– One law for the ppl of Niger Delta-anoda for the rest of 9ja- Let him-come and extradite Alams to Britain for us to see in the Niger Delta–what about Dariye the former governor of Plateau state? How did he leave the UK for Jos–If APC thinks Alams can be tried twice for the same offence and never be pardoned because of the zone-he hails from, they need to have their heads examined–how many governors were impeached and prosecuted by Ribadu-Oil-less 9jas who think they can use clowns like the ambassador to aid them in the pursuit of another civil war agenda in Nigeria or their regional schemes, should look for other agents- to handle their future in for them-its only those who have not seen war b4 that yearn for one-Nigeria was not created by Lord Lugard for Ijaws to be assassinated, singled out to be jailed and hanged-take your 9ja and give us our SS-we arre ready to go-

  • deri

    the so-called envoy is an idiot! Who allowed Alams to leave Britain for Ivory Coast? Was it not Mi5 that dumped him in that West African country? Why were the British not able to make such demands on the government of Nigeria, all these while–what have they been waiting for? Mach Rich an American citizen was a fugitive for over 17 years in Switzerland–Yet he was pardoned by Bill Clinton -the same fraudster-had his wife renounce her American citizenship and became a British National—what did the British do then to March Rich and his wife? Who were laundering money all over Europe!? Where is Andy Uba who was caught by the yankees for laundering money for OBJ-is he not a senator-in Nigeria today? Where is the Orji Kalu who was once hunted by Ribadu-what about tinubu and Yerima– One law for the ppl of Niger Delta-anoda for the rest of 9ja- Let him-come and extradite Alams to Britain for us to see in the Niger Delta–what about Dariye the former governor of Plateau state? How did he leave the UK for Jos–If APC thinks Alams can be tried twice for the same offence and never be pardoned because of the zone-he hails from, they need to have their heads examined–how many governors were impeached and prosecuted by Ribadu-Oil-less 9jas who think they can use clowns like the envoy to aid them in the pursuit of another civil war agenda in Nigeria or their regional schemes, should look for other agents- to handle their future in for them-its only those who have not seen war b4 that yearn for one-Nigeria was not created by Lord Lugard for Ijaws to be assassinated, singled out to be jailed and hanged-take your 9ja and give us our SS-we arre ready to go-

  • http://www.facebook.com/deri.orbuka Deri Orbuka

    why do u have to delete comments made by Deri?if what you pen for us is true?Try and be truthful to yourself concerning the quest by the regional rogues to turn the tide against alams–why delete my comments-/ Cause u are scared of being told the truth—that a useless British envoy would claim britain is after alams–So that they can electrocute him-march rich was pardoned by bill Clinton after being on the run and hiding in Switzerland for over 17yrs–the wife even took up british citizenship after re-nouncing her USA citizenship–Alams was illegally impeached-and sent to prison by ribadu-the only governor who had law makers under him locked up for months by ribadu-the legislators were released only when they agreed to impeach the governor general of Ijaw land–some think with him around the merger plans by them with the SS, would not work–I laugh-the socalled envoy should try his luck–and request for alams to be extradited cause Nigerian is owned by the british–only ppl from the SS can be extradited–not the fulanis like umaru dikko–this was how this same boko haramic news outfit lied to us that bill gate has decided to postpone his trip to 9ja-because of alams–they are at it again so had to delete my comments–to make room for buhari and tinubu-if half of the space used in chasing Alams had been spent in handling boko haram–the killings of Christians in the North would have ended a long time ago–but since their concern is the oil wells–in the SS-they must intimidate jonathan–but no shaking for the man–no shaking–from church–unilag to pardon una no dey shame?animals

    • Jika

      But who is harbouring the Bokos in Lagos, The chicken have finally come hom to rust.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deri.orbuka Deri Orbuka

    How can a man who was not granted bail suddenly escape from police custody in london–is that possible? That is why God is punishing ribadu-he lied to us-now wants to use that lie to win elections for tinubu-let him look at truth in the face and tell us how alams escaped from london-any way he cant cause fulanis dont have anything like truth in their dictionary-they can lie their way to heaven –no qualms like the brists often do-envoy go for alms–animal

    • http://www.facebook.com/adam.noma Adam Noma

      Our problem in Nigeria is that we blindfolded our eyes to see naked truth because of our selfish interest. Read between the lines before you comment. The envoy said, and I quote ““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” I rest my case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mustapha.mustash Mustapha Shehu Mustash

    So you are now zoning criminality!!!

    • igbiki

      He is not zoning criminality, he is trying to justify stealing!!!

      • Enemona

        Why do you think we are in this terrible state. We’ve lost our values, we worship money but go to churches and mosques.

    • Enemona

      LOL!

    • Anonymous

      Thumbs up for you….apt response

  • patrick

    deri/afam/Yussuff/mpitikwelu/conernigerian, this is why it has been argued several times that all of you should not deceive yourselves. You come to public fora for one reason-to campaign on behalf of President Jonathan for a sectional agenda-an SS republic. Yet you want Nigerian citizens to vote for a sectionalist -like you and your sponsors -President Jonathan in 2015 when we the voters are Nigerian voters and not sectionalist voters. See what I mean? You ask us Nigerians to vote for a campaign of Republic of SS when election comes in 2015. You see how contradictory that is? But we note all these things and we will remind President Jonathan during the election in 2015. You his foot soldiers should carry on with your sectional campaign.

  • igbiki

    As long as Jonathan don pardon Anamesenya, he is pardoned the whole world. The Ambassador know not what he speaketh and is suffering from sophisticated ignorance.

    Mr Anamesenya was pardoned so he could be able to travel freely and in order to avoid the Ibori Dubai suprise.

    He is billed to speak in April at the London School of Economics just like OBJ and Buhari did recently, from there he will be travelling to Germany, France and the US.

    In May he will become the Niger Delta Development Minister and the Co-ordinating Minister of the Niger Delta.

    In June he will be going to Fiji via Dubai on holiday with his family.

    You see? Nigeria can never pardon a wanted criminal.

    • billy

      LOL… TO SPEAK WHERE IN LONDON? HE WOULD NOT TRY IT..

  • igbiki

    Anamesenya before he dies will end up just like Ibori in a british slammer.

    He can run but he cant hide.

    The so-called pardon gives him freedom to move and interact freely with his contemporaries and to obtain gov favours without hindrance.

    There is life after Jonathan and I will advise him in his own best interests while his freedom lasts to restrict his foreign travels.

  • Agharese

    too many mad people in Nigeria o. who is Akpos1, Deri Orbuka? I can’t believe they are justifying stupidity like this, wow. I am from Niger Delta but please my people not all of us share this stupid views o. Get help please. You guys are insane.

  • OGB

    Pls whoever has commited any offence should go and face the music. When u were carrying money about in d UK and US u didn’t remember d poor masses sufering back home. Pls face the music ALAMS and stop hiding under d canopy of GEJ. Chief Judge the law must take its course. We must stand by the RULE OF LAW

  • Don

    United Kingdom again…fucking assholes…who are they to question the sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!…How many of their citizens that commit crimes in Nigeria and when the fled to Uk, did our FG extradite them back to trial them in Nigeria…GO AND FUCK YOURSELF, DAVID CAMEROUN AND THE ENTIRE UK PARLIAMENT. This is Nigeria and we run our politics our way. This same stupidity they are doing is what they tried to do Russia when Dmitri Medeved warned Cameroun NEVER TO PORK-NOSE HIS NOSE INTO THEIR POLITICS AND FOR THE FEAR OF PUTIN, DAVID CEMROUND TOOK THE NEXT AVAILABLE FLIGHT TO UK AND NEVER RAISE THE ISSUES AGAIN…Why must these same stupid idiots people that set the pace for Nigeria disintegration still pulling their strings…Jonathan have to stand to this occasion and ask them to come and take Alams themselves if their head correct!

  • http://www.facebook.com/erisco.don Don Eriscocapalio

    United Kingdom again…fucking assholes…who are they to question the sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!…How many of their citizens that commit crimes in Nigeria and when the fled to Uk, did our FG extradite them back to trial them in Nigeria…GO AND FUCK YOURSELF, DAVID CAMEROUN AND THE ENTIRE UK PARLIAMENT. This is Nigeria and we run our politics our way. This same stupidity they are doing is what they tried to do Russia when Dmitri Medeved warned Cameroun NEVER TO PORK-NOSE HIS NOSE INTO THEIR POLITICS AND FOR THE FEAR OF PUTIN, DAVID CEMROUND TOOK THE NEXT AVAILABLE FLIGHT TO UK AND NEVER RAISE THE ISSUES AGAIN…Why must these same stupid idiots people that set the pace for Nigeria disintegration still pulling their strings…Jonathan have to stand to this occasion and ask them to come and take Alams themselves if their head correct!