A civil society group, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, has demanded the extradition of a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepriye Alamieyeseigha, to the United States for trial/
The group, a coalition of over hundred and fifty anti- corruption organizstions, quoting an online medium said the ex-governor had used money accumulated through corruption and other illegal actives to purchase property in the United States and the United Kingdom. The report also stated that the sum of $1.6million (N258 million) was found in one of such properties situated at Rockville, Maryland and valued at $700,000 (N113 million) was under forfeiture by virtue of a default judgment granted by US District Judge, Roger Titus.
CSNAC said based on this report, the Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke, should initiate extradition of Mr. Alamieyeseigha under the Mutual Legal Assistance Pact between Nigeria and United States to stand trial in the U.S. for the crimes associated with the forfeited properties.
Mr. Alamieyeseigha who was governor of Bayelsa from 1999-2005 was indicted and convicted in Nigeria on corruption charges in 2007. He was subsequently released after reportedly serving just two days in jail after his conviction, having already served two years (the length of his sentence) following his arrest in 2005.
He was first arrested in the U.K. on money laundering charges but jumped bail and escaped to Nigeria allegedly dressed in women’s clothing.
The Nigerian government is yet to respond to a request by the U.K. that Mr. Alamieyeseigha be extradited to England to face charges. Read more