President Goodluck Jonathan Grants A State Pardon To Former Bayelsa State Governor, Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha, And Other Ex-Convicts. - disnaija.com
President Goodluck Jonathan Grants State Pardon To Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha And Other Ex-Convicts.
The National Council of State headed by President Goodluck Jonathan, has granted a state pardon to the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha and other ex convicts.
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Others granted state pardon include former Bank of the North head, Shettima Bulama, former Chief of General Staff during the Abacha regime: General Oladipo Diya (rtd.); former Chief of Staff Supreme Military Council and brother of late President Musa Yar’adua: Major General Shehu Musa Yar’adua (Post Humous); ex-Major Bello Magaji NA/6604, Mohammed Lima Biu; Major General Abdulkareem Adisa (Post Humous) and former Major Segun Fadipe.
Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha, as Governor of Bayelsa State, embezzled state funds. He was convicted, after he pleaded guilty to a six-count corruption charges before a Nigerian court and was sentenced to two years in prison for each count.
While in the United Kingdom, Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha was charged with money laundering, after the London Metropolitan Police found in his London home, cash amounting to about two hundred and fifty three million Naira (
N253,000,000). In 2005, he jumped bail and absconded by disguising himself as a woman. Notwithstanding the state pardon, Alamieyeseigha still remains a wanted man in the United Kingdom.
With the presidential pardon, Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha and the other ex convicts will no longer be addressed as “ex-convicts”.
Present in the meeting were three former heads of state, and some state governors.
The council of states is composed of the President, Vice President, all state governors, former presidents, the Chief Justice of the Federation, the Senate President, Speakers among others.