|Inside Diepreye Alamieyeseigha's Romances With Arrest & Allegations Of Corruption |
Alamieyeseigha came the nation's consciousness and infamy home and abroad with
his romances with extravagant acquisitions decorated with accusations of
corruption - and later arrest and drama of jumping bail abroad reportedly
dressed as a woman.|
Here is a peep into the interesting engagements that threw up the late former
governor into public eye.
Alamieyeseigha was arrested at Heathrow Airport in September 2005 by the London
Metropolitan Police on charges of money laundering in September 2005. About £1m
cash was allegedly found in his London home. Another £1.8m ($3.2m) was found in
his bank accounts. Rather than wait and clear his name at the trial.
|Alamieyeseigha escaped from London in December 2005 in a very dramatic manner.
Some report had it that he disguised himself as a woman in his desperate bid to
return to Nigeria.|
But back home, while serving him an unexpected notice of impeachment, the
Bayelsa State House of Assembly accused him of offences including:
*Maintaining foreign bank accounts while in office in the following banks:
Barclays Bank Plc, London; National Westminster Bank, London; Royal Bank of
Scotland; and Commerz Bank, London.
*Corrupt enrichment of his relatives and cronies.
*Criminal diversion and misappropriation of public funds to facilitate
acquisition of shares in Bond Bank PLc by private placement.
*Purchase of Chelsea Hotel, Abuja for the sum of Two billion naira and;
*Acquisition of £ 10 Million worth of properties in London.
Following his instigation by the Probe panel constituted to examine his case,
Alamieyeseigha got a damning report that sealed his fate as he was found to
*Brought the exalted office of the governor of Bayelsa State to disrepute,
odium and ridicule by jumping a London bail and returning to Nigeria.
* Become an International fugitive as the Scotland Yard may issued a warrant of
arrest against him which embarrassed the people of Bayelsa.
* By this ignominious conduct scandalized and embarrassed Bayelsans and indeed
*Jeopardized the safety and besmirched the reputation of Nigerians living in or
visiting The United Kingdom.
*Breached his oath to respect international law.
The Bayelsa State House of Assembly subsequently impeached him from office on
December 8, 2005 after adopting the report of the seven-man impeachment panel
set up by the Chief Justice of Bayelsa State, Emmanuel Igonarwari. He was found
me guilty of gross misconduct.
Continuing his brush with the law, he was arrested by Nigeria’s Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), questioned, and charged with numerous money
laundering and corruption offences.
These included six charges of making false declaration of assets, and 23
charges of money laundering by my company. On December 13, 2005, the Federal
Government filed a fresh 17-count charge against him at the Code of Conduct
Tribunal sitting in Kaduna. He was accused of contrary to section 7 and
punishable under section 23 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.
Cap. 56 LFN 1990 as incorporated under paragraph 11, part 1, fifth schedule of
the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, maintaining the
following bank accounts, amongst other ones, while serving as Governor of
Account number 10659347 with Barclays Bank Plc, United Kingdom with a balance
of GBP203,753.34 as at 15th February 2005;
Account number 3239940 with UBS Warburg AG, 1 Curzon Street, London, W1J 5HB
with a balance of $2.5 million as at September 2005;
Account number 338931 in the name of FALCON INC. with UBS Warburg AG, 1 Curzon
Street, London, W1J 5HB;
Account number 7341553/7341596 FOR us dollars with Barclays Bank Plc at
International Banking Unit, 88 Dighemis Akritas Avenue 1644, Nicosla, Cyprus;
Account number 7341588 for GB pounds Sterling with Barclays Bank Plc at
International Banking Unit, 88 Dighemis Akrltas Avenue 1644, Nicosia, Cyprus ;
Bank account number 5005220454-7 in Denmark with JYSKE Bank at Bseterbrogate,
9, DK-1780, Copeenhagen V with a balance of at $2.5 million;
Bank account number 005482562491 with Bank of America United States of America
in the name of Peter Aklamleyeseigh with a balance of $160,000.00
He was also accused of falsely declaring his assets by refusing to declare the
following properties upon his re-election in 2003:
Property known as Water Gardens, London W2 2DG which I bought at GBP1.75
million in the name of my company known as Solomon & Peters Ltd;
Property at 14 Mapesbury Road, London, NW2 4JB which you bought at GBP1.4
Property at 14 Jubilee Heights, School Uphill, London, NW2 2UQ, which you
bought at GBP241,000;
Property at No. 68-70, Regent’s Road, London, N3 bought at 3 million Pounds
His acquisition, while being the Governor of Bayelsa State between 29th May
1999 and 9th December 2005, of the following properties, also brought him into
conflict with the law at some point:
Chelsea Hotel Abuja worth of N2 Billion for which N1.5 Billion was paid;
Two block of luxury flats at Plot 26 Bashir Dalhatu Close, Abacha Estate, Ikoyi
worth of N45;
Property at John Kadiya Street, off Jose Marti Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja worth
Six luxury duplexes at No. 1 Community, Road, off Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos
worth N200 million
On June 29, 2011, the US federal district judge in the state of Massachusetts
ordered that he should forfeit the sum of N60m ($401,931) to the United States
Government. Along with the sum, he lost a property he bought in the state of
Maryland, valued at N90m ($600,000). And in February 2006, the Asset Forfeiture
Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa secured a court
order to confiscate his house at the Cape Town waterfront.
The last of his run in with the law was the sudden extradition request sent to
the Federal Government of Nigeria by the United Kingdom on the premise that he
has an outstanding case of money laundering to answer in that country.
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