Money Laundering: Plot To Extradite Alamieyeseigha To UK Thickens

imageThere are indications that a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepereye Alamieyeseigha, may soon be extradited to the United Kingdom to continue with his money laundering trial.

Alamieyeseigha, it will be recalled, jumped bail 10 years ago when he was smuggled out of London in mysterious circumstances.

He was arrested at London Heathrow Airport on September 15, 2005, but appeared in his village on November 21, 2015, having allegedly jumped bail.

Alamieyeseigha was granted pardon by the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

As the Bayelsa State governor, Jonathan was Alamieyeseigha’s deputy.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Pocock, recently confirmed that the British Government would like to see Alamieyeseigha extradited to the United Kingdom to face the money laundering charges he abandoned in 2005.

But when contacted, the UK National Crime Agency would not want to confirm plans to extradite Alamieyeseigha.

A female official who spoke on Monday morning with The Eagle Online on telephone, said the UK authority in charge of making such request would be in a better position to confirm.

The female official said: “We won’t be able to confirm that. You need to speak with the person that made the request.”

The immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Alison-Madueke, and four others were arrested in London and was taken to a Magistrate Court in Westminster on Monday.

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