Tension in Bayelsa over Alamieyesiegha’s planned extradition to UK
Fresh moves to extradite ex- governor, Diepreye
Alamieyesiegha to the UK is generating serious tension in
Bayelsa State. Already, many socio-political organisations
have described the plan as a wrong step in the wrong
Chairman of the Bayelsa State caucus in the National
Assembly, Foster Ogola, condemned the plan in Yenagoa
during a function where Bayelsa State governor, Seriake
Dickson, was endorsed for a second term by several Non-
Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the civil society
He raised posers on the rationale for the extradition notice
According to him, the latest moves were suspicious, adding
that Alamieyesiegha had gone through a legal process,
prosecuted by a competent court of jurisdiction, indicted,
sentenced and was granted presidential pardon.
through all legal process culminating in a presidential
pardon?”, he queried.
Ogola, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues in the
National Assembly therefore called for restraint on the
extradition moves in the interest of justice.
Lending his voice to Ogola’s position, Bayelsa State
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief
Serena Dokubo-Spiff, who also spoke at the event
condemned the extradition notice which, he said, smacked
of high level conspiracy.
He accused the leadership of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) in the state as brains behind the extradition plot
which he regarded as a conscious step to destroy the Ijaw
He said: “The extradition notice smacks of high level
conspiracy contrived by some powerful elements in the APC
Government, who are out to destroy the Ijaw nation. They
plotted against our son, Mr. President and denied him the
opportunity of returning to power and now they are after
another noble son of ours in the person of DSP
Alamieyesiegha. This injustice will not stand. How many
times will a man be convicted for the same offence?”
The party chairman castigated the APC leadership in the
state, saying its antics suggested that it was against the
Ijaw nation and why the PDP has been telling the people to
reject it at the polls.
“This election is not about Dickson but the collective
interest of the Ijaw nation. From all indications, the APC is
against the Ijaw nation and why our people must reject it”,
On its part, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has reiterated its
position on earlier statement about the extradition notice,
warning that the Ijaw nation will not sit idly and watch its
leaders disgraced by those it referred to as “cabals’ in the
The statement said that the Buhari government was being
selective in the fight against corruption, asking why no
northerner has so far been invited to answer corruption
charges nor extradited. Quoting a similar poser by the
former Senate President Ken Nnamani, the IYC also asked
why has Buhari not deemed it fit to prosecute those
involved in the Halliburton scam?
Meanwhile, the APC governorship candidate, Timipre Sylva,
has been fingered as the brain behind the extradition notice.
A reliable source who made the claim, said Sylva’s close
working relationship with the Secretary to the Federal
Government, Babachir David Lawal, facilitated the
The source, who pleaded anonymity, said Sylva instigated
the decision to include Alamieyesiegha’s name among
those whose names were listed in the letter which President
Muhammadu Buhari took along with him in his recent trip to
the United Kingdom.
According to him, President Buhari handed the list to the UK
authorities as persons to be investigated and invited for
questioning and prosecution.
He said former Petroleum Minister, Dieziani Allison-
Madueke’s name was top on the list and other cabinet
members of the Jonathan administration.
The source was emphatic that Sylva had a close
relationship with the SGF, stating that the outcome of the
APC governorship primary was only possible because of the
influence of the latter.
“To prove to you the strong link existing between Sylva and
the SGF, you will recall that during the botched APC
primaries, it was the SGF who directed the Inspector-
General of Police to deploy the AIG that supervised the
controversial election. Even with the reported violence
which marred the primaries and indeed the threat to the life
of Edo State governor, the AIG went on national TV to say
the primaries was peaceful. So you can understand what’s
at play”, he said.
Similar game plan was also said to be in the works as it
was gathered that Sylva may be cashing in on his rapport
with SGF to win the December 5 election in the state.
It is believed in some strategic circles that plans may have
been perfected to deploy persons sympathetic to APC cause
to serve as INEC officials who will conduct the election in