Chief Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha
Chief Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, who passed on following complications of a kidney-related problem, died poor and broke.
The man who in his heydays was known as the Governor-General of the Ijaw Nation began a downward slide in fortune following the adversity that beset him in the wake of his impeachment as governor of Bayelsa State, an act that was widely believed to have been orchestrated by the then incumbent president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, whose disdain for the giant Ijaw man was almost legendary.
Alamieyeseigha fell on hard times after he.......
regained freedom and subsequently got presidential pardon during the tenure of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Even though friends and associates always rallied round to provide him generous financial support, he always tended to be perennially broke, Sunday Sun learnt from a close associate. It was not clear whether he was being blackmailed by anybody for any reason.
Beyond his health challenges, Alamieyeseigha had to contend with other misfortunes. For instance, one of his sons died in 2014, while another suffered stroke in the United States after he discovered that his wife was engaged in an extra-marital affairs. Moreover, the marriage of his daughter broke down and ended in divorce.
Until his death, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha was to face trial in the United Kingdom (UK) on charges bordering on money laundering.
The late former governor, who jumped bail and escaped from the United Kingdom and returned to Nigeria, was granted presidential pardon by former President Goodluck Jonathan, despite substantial allegations of corruption leveled against him.
However, he consistently refused to answer summons to stand trial in the UK in respect of the money laundering charges preferred against him.
Meanwhile the UK authorities remained determined to secure his repatriation to London.
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