Ex-convict Alamieyeseigha may get presidential pardon today

Former Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

Barring any last minute change in plans, President Goodluck Jonathan will today request the National Council of State to ratify a presidential pardon for the disgraced former governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

A presidency source told PREMIUM TIMES  Mr. Jonathan will bring a memo to the meeting requesting pardon for Mr. Alamieyeseigha, and some “nondescript northerners”.

Presidential spokespersons, Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe, did not answer or return calls seeking comments.

Our source said a former Chief of General Staff,  Oladipupo Diya, was initially on the list but that the list has now been changed. It is not clear whether Mr. Diya’s name will return before the meeting begins.

“These other names were merely added to balance out,” our source said. “The main target is Alamieyeseigha.”

On Mr. Alamieyeseigha, Mr. Jonathan will tell council members that the former governor  requested a presidential pardon long ago but that he was reluctant to bring it before members because he wanted to be sure that the former governor was now contrite.

The president, our source said, would stress how important Mr. Alamieyeseigha is to the Ijaw nation and the great role he could play in maintaining peace and security in the Niger Delta region.

Mr. Jonathan will further argue that his former boss had shown remorse and that he should be given opportunity to contribute his quota to the process of nation building.

Mr. Alamieyeseigha, who Mr. Jonathan recently described as his political mentor,  was impeached by the Bayelsa State House of Assembly in December 2005, following his arrest by the London Metropolitan Police over allegations of corruption and money laundering.

Afterwards, he was arrested and prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on money laundering and corruption offences. On July 30, 2007, M.L. Shuaibu, a judge of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, sentenced him to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the charges.

After the former governor was impeached, prosecuted and jailed in Nigeria for corruption and his assets, valued at about £17.7 million confiscated, the Federal Government went ahead to institute proceedings against him, his wife, Margaret, and two of his companies in a bid to seize his assets in the United Kingdom.

The National Council of State comprise the president, all former heads of the government of the Federation, all former Chief Justices of Nigeria, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, all the governors of the Federation and the attorney general of the federation.

The body advises the president on prerogative of mercy, awards of national honours, appointment of members of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the National Judicial Council and the National Population Commission and national population census issues.



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  • saka segun

    Gej is the head of pro curroption advocacy in Nigeria

  • activist

    Like father like son. Like mentor like mentee. What sort of bullshit is this. It will go down in history as the government regime that held corruption, looting of national treasury in high esteem and insult the sensibilty of its citizenry. This is absolute nonsense. I therefore move a motion for the impeachment of GEJ.

    • Omo Odua

      Who are by the way? Please be civilized.

  • MisbahuKatsina


    • Are you not happy that one of your own (Late Shehu Yar’adua) is pardoned as well?

  • MisbahuKatsina


    • The decision might have been taken somewhere near the riverside.

  • Mohammed

    The ball is now in the court of the National Council of States members – former heads of state, former chief justices and governors. Let’s see whether – unlike Jonathan – they have any modicum of shame. Let’s see if any conscience.

  • Emeka Azi Patrict

    This is a very sad development in our great country. GEJ is an adviocate of curruption by the way why his fomer mentor? The innoccent people arrested just because of environmental were taken to kirikiri prison without trial. Almustapha and co all there suffering from heartless Nigerians for no reason. God will purnish this governmernt. Useless Ijaw people!

  • I reserve my comments. This is called Nigeria Exceptionalism.

  • And why then did EFCC use state resources, my tax and other people’s tax to chase a case only for it to be thrown out? Na wa o! Nigeria my country.