The Bayelsa State Government has officially explained the cause of death of a former governor of the state, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
Mr. Alamieyeseigha, 62, died on Saturday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information, Esueme Kikile, Sunday, told PREMIUM TIMES how the late former Governor died€.
“Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha died of complications arising from high blood pressure and diabetes which affected his kidney,” Mr. Kikile said. “He had chronic kidney disease which was aggravated by the sudden rise in his blood pressure and the long diabetics,”
Popularly called the ‘Governor-General of the Ijaw Nation,’ Mr. Alamieyeseigha was the first Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, serving between 1999 and 2005 when he was impeached.
His impeachment followed his escape from London in order to evade justice after he was accused money laundering.
He was, however, later prosecuted in Nigeria, convicted and jailed for corrupt practices.
But he was granted presidential pardon by his political godson and former President, Goodluck Jonathan.
The pardon was a daring move as it came just about same time the United Kingdom requested his extradition in 2013.
Few days before his death, there were reports that the UK government had requested Nigeria extradite Mr. Alamieyeseigha to London for trial over allegations of money laundering.