T.I.N Magazine has compiled up a detailed biography on the recently deceased controversial Governor Alamieyeseigha showing a lot of things you may not know about him.
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FULL NAME: Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha
DATE OF BIRTH: 16 November 1952
OCCUPATION: Politician (Ex Governor)
10 October 2015 aged :62)
Diepreye Alamieyeseigha is a delegate of Bayelsa State. He was
the first civilian governor of Bayelsa State under whom President
Goodluck Jonathan served as deputy governor. He
served between 1999 and 2005 when he was impeached from office. The
former Air Force officer who was popularly called the “Governor-General
of the Ijaw Nation” was found guilty of corruption and was sentenced to
prison. He was later granted pardon by president Goodluck Jonathan in 2013.
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Diepreye Alamieyeseigha was born in 16 November 1952 in Amassoma,
Ogboin North Local Government Area, Bayelsa State. He attended the
Bishop Dimeari Grammar School, Yenagoa. He joined the Nigerian Defence
Academy as a Cadet Officer in 1974, then joined the Nigerian Air Force,
where he served in the department of Logistics and Supply. He held
various air force positions inEnugu, Markurdi, Kaduna and Ikeja.
Alamieyeseigha retired from the air force in 1992 as a Squadron Leader.
After leaving the air force he became the Sole Administrator of Pabod
Supplies Port Harcourt. Later he became Head of Budget, Planning,
Research and Development of the National Fertiliser Company (NAFCON).
POLITICAL CAREER AND LIFE
Diepreye Alamieyeseigha was elected Governor of Bayelsa State in May
1999 as a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was
re-elected in 2003. Vice President Atiku Abubakar attended the March 2003 event that kicked of his campaign for reelection in 2003.
MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES
Diepreye Alamieyeseigha was detained in London on charges of money
laundering in September 2005. At the time of his arrest, Metropolitan
police found about £1m in cash in his London home. Later they found a
total of £1.8m ($3.2m) in cash and bank accounts. He has been found to
own real estate in London worth an alleged £10 million. His state’s
monthly federal allocation for the last six years has been in the order
of £32 million. He jumped bail in December 2005 from the United Kingdom
by allegedly disguising himself as a woman, though Alamieyeseigha denies
In July 2007, Alamieyeseigha pleaded guilty before a Nigerian
court to six charges and was sentenced to two years in prison on each
charge; however, because the sentences were set to run concurrently and
the time was counted from the point of his arrest nearly two years
before the sentences, his actual sentence was relatively short. Many of
his assets were ordered to be forfeited to the Bayelsa state government.
According to Alamieyeseigha, he only pled guilty due to his age and
would have fought the charges had he been younger. On July 27, just
hours after being taken to prison, he was released due to time already
In April 2009, Alamieyeseigha pledged a donation of 3,000,000 Naira to the Akassa Development Foundation.
In December 2009, the federal government hired a British law firm to
help dispose of four expensive properties acquired by Alamieyeseigha in
London. Alamieyeseigha had bought one of these properties for
£1,750,000.00 in July 2003, paying in cash. Diepreye Solomon Peter
Alamieyeseigha used it as his London residence, and as the registered
office of Solomon and Peters Inc.
On June 28, 2012, the United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ)
announced that it had executed an asset forfeiture order on $401,931 in a
Massachusetts brokerage fund, traceable to Alamieyeseigha. US
prosecutors filed court papers in April 2011 targeting the Massachusetts
brokerage fund and a $600,000 Maryland home, which they alleged were
the proceeds of corruption. A motion for default judgement and civil
forfeiture was granted by a Massachusetts federal district judge in
early June 2012. The forfeiture order was the first to be made under the
DoJ’s fledgling Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.
In March 2013, Alamieyeseigha was pardoned by President Goodluck
Jonathan, but his pardoning was criticised by so many Nigerians.
FULL CONFESSION AND APOLOGY
1. My names are Diepreye Solomon Peter (DSP) Alamieyeseigha. I am a
former Governor of Bayelsa state, 29 May 1999- December 2005.
2. I am a powerful Nigerian politician, known as Governor General in
‘Ijaw nation’ of Nigeria’s oil rich Niger Delta; but have also been an
ex convict, international fugitive, forger, and I have also jumped bail
3. To refresh your memory, when I became Governor of Bayelsa State in
Nigeria, I declared assets totaling US$575,000 and stated I had an
annual income of N1,500,000 (US$12,000).
4. I 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 found in my London home. Another £1.8m ($3.2m) was
found in my bank accounts.
5. I was initially remanded in prison, and lumped in the same cell
with a mad man. The Britons must have thought I was also a ‘mad man’ to
have stolen so much.
6. I was later granted bail. But in breach of my 1.25 million pound
bond, I jumped bail in December 2005, escaped from London with forged
documents by disguising myself as a woman, and returned to Nigeria. It
was like a movie.
7. The Bayelsa State House of Assembly in Nigeria served me a Notice of Impeachment on November 22, 2005. My offences included:
a. Maintaining foreign bank accounts while in office in the following
banks viz: Barclays Bank Plc, London; National Westminster Bank,
London; Royal Bank Of Scotland; and Commerz Bank, London contrary to the
clear provisions of Paragraph 3 of the Fifth Schedule (Part 1) of the
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 the provisions of
which I swore on oath to uphold.
b. Corrupt enrichment of my wife and children namely: Mr. Enetonbra
Alamieyeseigha, Mr. Seleake Alam1eyeseigha, and Miss Embeleakpo
Alamieyeseigha as disclosed by the Economic and Financial Crimes
c. Criminal diversion and misappropriation of public funds to
facilitate acquisition of One billion Naira shares in Bond Bank PLc by
d. Purchase of Chelsea Hotel, Abuja for the sum of Two billion naira and;
e. Acquisition of £ 1 0 Million worth of properties in London.
a. That I brought the exalted office of the governor of Bayelsa State
to disrepute, odium and ridicule by jumping a London bail and returning
to Nigeria dressed like a masquerade.
b. That I am an International fugitive as the Scotland Yard may
issued a warrant of arrest against me which will embarrass the people of
c. That by this ignominious conduct Bayelsans and indeed all
Nigerians have been scandalized, embarrassed and depicted as people
whose word cannot be relied upon.
d. That I jeopardized the safety and besmirched the reputation of Nigerians living in or visiting The United Kingdom.
e. That I dealt a severe blow to the Ijaw Nation of which Bayelsa is
part, who traditionally takes great pride in the meaning of their name –
Ijaw —- truth.
f. That by jumping bail Chief I breached my oath to respect international law.
9. The Bayelsa State House of Assembly subsequently impeached me 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. I was found me guilty of gross misconduct.
10. Subsequently, I was arrested by Nigeria’s Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC), questioned, and charged with numerous money
laundering and corruption offences.
11. The offences against me were overwhelmingly, and on 26 July 2007 I
was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty before a
Nigerian High Court to six charges of making false declaration of
assets, and 23 charges of money laundering by my company. (See Ruling in
FRN v Alamieyeseigha). Besides the jail sentences, the court ordered
that my assets, including N1 billion shares be forfeited.
12. On December 13, 2005, the Federal Government filed a fresh
17-count charge against me at the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in
Kaduna. The charges included that as Governor of Bayelsa State between
29th May 1999 and 9th December 2005, I maintained and operated the
following foreign personal bank accounts-
a. Account number 10659347 with Barclays Bank Plc, United Kingdom with a balance of GBP203,753.34 as at 15th February 2005;
b. 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;
c. 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 ;
d. Bank account number 5005220454-7 in Denmark with JYSKE Bank at
Bseterbrogate, 9, DK-1780, Copeenhagen V with a balance of at $2.5
e. 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 all 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.
That I made a false declaration by not declaring the following properties:
a. 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
b. Property at 14 Mapesbury Road, London, NW2 4JB which you bought at GBP1.4 million;
c. Property at 14 Jubilee Heights, School Uphill, London, NW2 2UQ, which you bought at GBP241,000;
d. Property at No. 68-70, Regent’s Road, London, N3 bought at 3 million Pounds Sterling.
That I Chief Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha while being the
Governor of Bayelsa State between 29th May 1999 and 9th December 2005
a. Property known as Chelsea Hotel Abuja worth of N2 Billion for which N1.5 Billion was paid;
b. Acquired two block of luxury flats at Plot 26 Bashir Dalhatu Close, Abacha Estate, Ikoyi worth of N45;
c. Acquired a property at John Kadiya Street, off Jose Marti Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja worth N350; million;
d. Acquired an Estate of six luxury duplexes at No. 1 Community, Road, off Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos worth N200 million
e. Failed to declare One Billion Naira worth of Shares acquired in Bond bank
f. Failed to declare the following properties:-
• Plot 916 & 917, Wuse II District, Abuja
• Plot 7, Cadastral Zone A6, Maltama Abuja
• Plot1267, Amazon Road, Abuja
• Plot 3375, cadastral Zone A6, Abuj
• Plot 1372-1374, Cadastral Zone A7, Wuse II, Abuja
• Plot 1281, cadastral Zone A4, Asokoro, Abuja
Thereby I committed an offence contrary to section 15(2) 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 and
punishable under section 23 of the Act of the Federal Republic of
13. Independent investigations carried out by the commission also revealed the following:
a. That I held a personal bank account with Barclays Bank Plc which
was opened on 5 January 2004 and the balance stood at £203,753.34 as at
15th February 2005.
b. A personal bank account with HSBC, London, but the account was
closed sometimes in March 2003 while all the money in the account was
transferred to Santolina Investment Corporation’s account with National
Westminster Bank, London.
c. I am the sole Director of Santolina Investment Corporation and
sole signatory to the company’s account with National Westminster Bank
with A/c No. 10182819 Sort Code 15-00-25 in London
d. I held personal account with Bond Bank in Lagos which was opened
sometimes in January 2004 and the balance stood at N105-14.942.61 as at
16th September 2005 and another personal account in Oceanic Bank Plc
(The Salo Trust) in the names of Enitonbrapa Alamieyeseigha, Embelakpo
Alamieyeseigha, Ebipadei Alamieyeseigha, Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha,
Saleaka Alamieyeseigha and Margaret Alamieyeseigha.
e. I held an account with Bank of America in the name of Peter
Alamieyeseigha with account number 0054 8256 2491 which balance stood at
$1, 600,000.00 as at August 2003.
f. I am a Director of an offshore company named Solomon & Peters
Ltd (two middle names) and there are four (4) London properties bought
and registered in the company’s name. These properties are:
• 247, Water Gardens, London, W2 2DG, which is the registered
address of Solomon & Peters Ltd. This property was purchased
for £1.75 million on 20/8/2003
• 14, Mapesbury Road, London, NW2 4JB. This property was
purchased for £1.4 million on 6/7/2001.
• Flat 202, Jubilee Heights, Shoot uphill, London, NW2 3LJQ,
purchased for the sum of £241,000.00 on 28/10/99.
• 68-70, Regent’s Park Road, London, N3 which was purchased in
July 2002 for the sum of £3 million.
• All the properties listed above have a combined value in excess of £S 381million
• A property at V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa worth over £1 millon.
• I own Royal Albatross Properties 67 a company registered in September 2005 in Cape Town, South Africa.
• I am the owner of a property in 504, Pleasant Drive, King Farm
Estate, Maryland USA, and another one in 15859, Aurora Crest Drive,
Whither, California, USA, 906
14. According to World Bank’s State Asset Recovery case (STAR),
between May 1999 when I was elected Governor of Bayelsa state and
December 2005 when I was impeached, I illegally accumulated (outside
Nigeria) known properties, bank accounts, investments and cash exceeding
£10m in value. The STAR case against me reads in part,
“Between the start of his period of office in May 1999, to late 2005,
Alamieyeseigha accumulated (outside Nigeria) known properties, bank
accounts, investments and cash exceeding £10m in value. His portfolio of
foreign assets included accounts with five banks in the UK and further
accounts with banks in Cyprus, Denmark and the United States; four
London properties acquired for a total of £4.8m; a Cape Town harbour
penthouse acquired for almost £1m, possible assets in the United States,
and almost £1m in cash stored in one of his London properties. Some of
the foreign assets were held in his name and that of his wife, but the
bulk of them were held by companies and trusts incorporated in the
Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, South Africa, and Seychelle.’
15. In July 2006, British authorities returned $1.9 million of the
illicit gains I made as Governor of oil-rich Bayelsa state in Nigeria.
16. On 2 July 2008, Nigeria obtained judgment over my stolen assets in London, Cyprus and Denmark.
17. On June 29, 2011, the US federal district judge in the state of
Massachusetts ordered that I should forfeit the sum of N60m ($401,931)
to the United States Government. I stole the amount from Bayelsa State
between 1999 to 2005 and secretly kept it at a Massachusetts brokerage
fund, before it was discovered by US prosecutors. I also lost another
house I acquired in the state of Maryland, valued at N90m ($600,000)
house that Alamieyesigha bought in the state of Maryland.
18. I also lost my properties in several other countries. In February
2006, the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority
of South Africa secured a court order to freeze my residential property
on the Cape Town waterfront. I was found guilty of stealing N1.499
billion (USD11 million) from Bayelsa treasury to buy Chelsea Hotel Ltd
19. I am still being probed by the governments of Britain, United
States, South Africa, Bahamas and Seychelles as well as the United
Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Bank under the Stolen
Assets Recovery Initiative (STAR) case.
20. In spite of all these, I was given a state pardon by the Council
of State headed by my the administration of my godson President Goodluck
Jonathan on March 12, 2013.
22. I am now eligible to hold any Public office at the highest level,
I may simply choose to return to my former post as Governor of Bayelsa
in a future election, or I can contest for Senate and become the Senate
President, or even contest for Nigeria’s Presidency in the future. You
will vote for me, because I still have enough unrecovered looted funds
to go round all potential voters!
On 10 October 2015, he reportedly died at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.
He reportedly slipped into a coma and was placed on life support but couldn’t make it.
Alamieyeseigha and Goodluck Jonathan
SOURCES: wikipedia.org, dailymail.com.ng,takemetonaija.com