How Alamieyeseigha died – Bayelsa Government

Former Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha
Former Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

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.


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  • akintunde ijimere

    Thanks, Dr. Chudi Okonkwo, for blaming APC for DSP’s death. Even before APC was formed, the APC witches were tripping opponents into stealing public money and making false asset declarations! with people like you as the physician to corrupt former governors, their lives will be short indeed. APC must be held responsible for the death of any corrupt Ibo politician in Nigeria. So many backward Nigerians, who are not as enterprising as we Ibos, don’t know that “stealing is not corruption” and that as far as we Ibos are concerned, any act resulting in money changing hands or changing ‘position’ for public treasury to private pocket is ‘business’.

    • Kkay Asanwa

      Corruption is a terrible evil! It should not be trivialised in anyway. Kindly note that Alamieyesegha is not Ibo neither is Goodluck Jonathan. Their fathers betrayed the Ibos during the civil war.

      • taiwo

        He is using sarcasm to condemn corruption not endorsing or trivialising it.

  • Edward Longe

    Well, what goes around comes around. As much as death is not a punishment for anything, Maybe if he had invested a little bit of money in building a good enough hospital in Bayelsa, he could have at least have a place to return to for treatment the moment Dubai got too hot. That waterfront mansion in South Africa, or the all the other confiscated properties would have gone a long way. Just saying. May God rest his soul

    • chima madu

      well said Bro

  • bikky

    Who confirmed Alameishia death? State Government, oh oh,anyway until the body (real body) is buried in the public domain Infact if possible that people should touch his remain and confirmed dead it is then I can believe his death because Nigerian should not forget in hurry how he became a woman to escape arrest few years back, Alams,Alams!