Nigeria’s response over death of Alamieyeseigha’s son biased – Keyamo

Festus Keyamo

A Lagos-based lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has accused the Federal Government of bias in its response to the death of Oyamuyefa, son of former Bayelsa State Governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, in Dubai, United Arab Emirate.

In a statement Wednesday, Mr. Keyamo said the swiftness with which the government intervened to resolve the issues surrounding the death smacks of double standards following the government’s lukewarm intervention in the alleged murder of the son of ace broadcaster, Aisha Falode, in the same city.

Oyamuyefa died in controversial circumstances with some reports saying he might have committed suicide.

In a statement condoling the former governor and his family, President Goodluck Jonathan said the Federal Government would assist the Alamieyeseighas to get to the root of their son’s death.

“President Jonathan assures Chief Alamieyeseigha and his family of the full support of the Federal Government as they strive to unravel the true circumstances of the young man’s death,” a statement by the President’s spokesperson, Reuben Abati read.

While commiserating with the Alamieyeseigha family for what he described as a “particularly painful” loss, Mr. Keyamo denounced the government for showing no interest in call by Ms. Falode whose son, Toba, was allegedly pushed to his death from a high-rise apartment block in Dubai on February 15.

“Whilst this action of the Federal Government is commendable, it smacks of double standards. Recall that on 15th of February, 2014, Toba (Tyler) Falode was also murdered in hazy circumstances in Dubai. Recall also that the mother, Aisha Falode took it upon herself to carry out some discreet investigation into those circumstances and has since been crying out for justice for her son,” Mr Keyamo said.

“Up till this minute, the Federal Government has not issued a single statement calling on the U.A.E authorities to fish out the killers of Toba Falode. The Federal Government has played the ostrich in the case of Toba, leaving the mother and family grieving alone. The question is, with the swift response in the case of Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha, does the Federal Government value the lives of some of its citizens more than others?”

Mr. Keyamo said unlike the swift response of the government in the death of Oyamuyefa, the nonchalant response of the government in the death of Nigerians abroad has emboldened foreigners to target Nigerians without qualms.

“If the Federal Government has shown more interest in the case of Toba, perhaps the precious life of Mr. Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha would have been saved,” the lawyer said.

He said despite sending written statement from witnesses who confirmed that Toba alleged murderer confessed to the crime to the Dubai authorities eight months ago, nothing has been done.

“We hope this is a bitter lesson to the Federal Government and we hereby re-iterate our call on the Federal Government to show more interest in the quest to find the killers of Toba Falode and bring them to justice.”


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    Keyamo is right. But beyond that, Nigeria must find out why our citizens are being killed in Dubai and elsewhere, I remember a nigerian student was also killed in Ghana recently, The government should use diplomatic channels to impress it upon such countries that they will pay a heavy price for killing any Nigerian unlawfully, whether that Nigerian is the son of Alamieyeseigha or Falode!

  • Rico

    To the government, Toba is just another Yoruba rascal, hence they ignored, they only take care of themselves.

    • Alcindo Satori

      Do you think the government should respond to Dangote’s emergency or to yours? The answer to that question is the beginning of wisdom.

      • Emeka

        But then, as Maria said, we shall show them. when they realize that ‘Dangote’ has only one vote, while we are a legion of voters, the better for them.

    • Maria

      And we shall show the clueless man who we are.

  • wode

    Nice stance, as always, by Keyamo.

  • Emeka

    “If the Federal Government has shown more interest in the case of Toba, perhaps the precious life of Mr. Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha would have been saved,” the lawyer said.

    That is the main Koko! Care for the masses, and the elite can sleep in peace.

  • Netanyahu

    It amuses me when you guys refer to this pdp cult as a government. Once you become president or senate president etc, you are initiated into the cult worse than ogboni fraternity and life of the commoners is worth nothing. My grouse with all of you is that come February 2015, you will queue up to vote for this same blood-sucking cult group called pdp. What a people? There is no atrocity they have not committed against hapless Nigerians since 1999, yet the same oppressed lot keep dancing with and around them. You just begin to wonder who we really are.

  • danladee

    Some of our leaders don’t know the implication of their actions. But Keyamo should not forget that Oyamuyefa is of the Ijaw Nation and his father is more useful for the 2015 election, while Falode could be a ‘common’ Yoruba.