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President Goodluck Jonathan grants former Bayelsa Governor Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha & Others State Pardon

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The National Council of State headed by President Goodluck Jonathan has granted a state pardon to the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha.

While he was the state governor, Alamieyeseigha embezzled the state funds, a crime which he was convicted for. In July 2007, he pleaded guilty to a six- count corruption charge before a Nigerian court and was sentenced to two years in prison on each count. He also once jumped bail in the UK in December 2005 and absconded by allegedly disguising as a woman. He was also charged with money laundering when the London Metropolitan Police found about N253 million in cash in his London home. He is still a wanted man in the UK.

The council also granted a state pardon to another ex-convict and former head of the Bank of the North, Shettima Bulama.

At the meeting attended by three former heads of states and some state governors, pardon was also granted to some of those convicted for coup plotting by the Sani Abacha administration.

Others that were granted pardon are the former Chief of General Staff, Major General Oladipo Diya (rtd); former Chief of Staff Supreme Military Council, and brother of the late President, Major General Shehu Musa Yar’adua (Post Humous); ex-Major Bello Magaji NA/6604, Mohammed Lima Biu; Major General Abdulkareem Adisa (Post Humous) and former Major Segun Fadipe.

The Council of State comprises of the President, Vice President, all state governors, former Presidents, the Chief Justice of the Federation, the Senate President and Speaker amongst others.

News Source: Naija Pundit

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

53 Comments

  1. i no send

    March 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    kai…….nigeria????…smh

  2. Sexxie

    March 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I see a political appointment next for Alams…Nigeria we hail thee!

    • Bunmi

      March 13, 2013 at 1:17 am

      Next thing he will wear Brazilian hair with gele and buba and say he/she wants to be the first female president of Nigeria. Good luck girl!

  3. Someone

    March 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Which way Nigeria? Ibori would never have gone to jail if not for the UK government.

  4. the canadian

    March 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    this is so stupid… these people should be humiliated and killed…. the stolen funds were allocated for something the government felt was important to its citizens… in the name of greed.. these people stole the resources…like why are these politicians so damn foolish…. if we don’t start punishing or killing people like this, others would keep stealing with the hope that they would also get “state pardon” … like WTF?!?!

  5. boo

    March 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    And we say we are serious about fighting corruption…..Idiots.

    Please tell me why i wont enter office with the sole purpose of stealing money. It is clearly a profitable business.

    You steal money, you serve 6 months in a luxury hospital in Abuja, you come back to thanksgiving in your church or mosque, you throw a lavish party and invite current law makers and dignitaries, and life continues like nothing happened.

    • Falala

      March 13, 2013 at 2:05 am

      Welcome to Nigeria!!!!!

  6. chubaz

    March 12, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    What kind of nonsense are these leaders preaching.. so its alright to steal.. afterwards get a pat on the back..
    Only lord knows what will happen to the criminals behind the theft all of the police Pension FUnds.. *smh*

  7. Baba T

    March 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    These Leaders be Acting Up, And We the People be letting them (Meek Mill Voice)

  8. www.brandigest.wordpress.com

    March 12, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    The GEJ transformation agenda isn’t for you and I. The breath of fresh as promised by him is for people like Alamieseigha. I now have an impression that any man who wears a fisherman’s hat has no brains. Don’t blame me cos a certain man in Aso rock villa helped mold this new belief of mine.

    • memi

      March 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      That’s Stupid, does it mean any one wearing a jalabia is a terrorist

    • lorenz

      March 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      i dey trip for your comment. So on point

  9. madman

    March 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    this is wonderful news….the president is giving Nigerians exactly what they need, want, and deserve. If any of these men’s children get married, Bellanaija pls feature so I can see how Nigeria’s money is better spent… I love my country. Goodluck Jonathan- Kudos.

    • mz_essay

      March 13, 2013 at 12:56 am

      your sarcasm is like bile on my tongue
      but it carries all the necessary truths we need.

    • Great soccer fan

      March 13, 2013 at 1:10 am

      Bellanaija that was a sub to you and I hope you caught it. We all must fight this or we are same as them if we favor them when it favors us. Word!

    • Kunbs

      March 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Gbam!!!! Na so make we see how good stolen money can be and the children of theieves with no shame that will have the audacity to say do you know who my father is

  10. madman

    March 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    the great country of Nigeria – with great leaders. Leaders that people rightly deserve.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      March 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      yeah, I think I’m starting to understand why people generally claim that Nigerians have the leadership that they deserve.

    • zsa zsa

      March 13, 2013 at 5:19 am

      Yes now. We deserve the leadership we get because we don’t do anything about it. All we say is “God dry”, “it is well”, “may God deliver us”. We don’t take any responsibility, look at our brothers and sisters in the middle east…look at the change that occurred in the space of 12 months. What some of the countries have now may not be perfect but the people have sent their leaders a message, and its that they are not afraid…they will spill blood before any leader will come and mess them up. See us now…to afraid to say or do anything. Jonathan has proven to us that it is okay to steal, launder and do all sorts as forgiveness is guaranteed. I’m sad.

    • Bunmi

      March 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      And the cycle will continue if we don’t fight for justice and great leadership. Don’t expect these baboons in office to change, they are enjoying too much and don’t give any f*ck about you. We are the ones who need to change or else we would remain the same way or as usual, wait until things get worse before we do a small rally and finally commune with the poor people that we usually insult when we are driving our cars (tweet pictures and record it for keek). And then the leaders will employ hungry soldiers & policemen to use fireworks, bangers, & patchwork guns from the 70s to scare us…Everything dies down and we continue our usual week with attending concerts, award shows, & product launch at Eko hotel with the same 20 artistes and comedians. Unfortunately, Nigerians and the so called hungry celebs will do nothing. I cannot remember experiencing constant power and water supply throughout my years in Nigeria. Some of us will never live to experience that and it is sad. Instead we celebrate mediocre & sh*tty things such as renting a high class ho’ to “co-host” events because we don’t believe in ourselves and local talents, praising mediocre works by our musicians, film makers etc. Development isn’t about the launching of products from the West, opening a mall, boutique, burger king & those dirty fast food restaurants that the homeless people in the West like. NO! Public security is nonexistent, women are treated like animals(a Nigerian man thinks it’s normal to beat and rape a woman when she does something he doesn’t like), poverty & unemployment are on the rise, customer service, educational& justice system & roads are f*cked up, we have very limited power & water supply etc. No one wants to come home from work after been in the traffic for hours to no light & water. Nigerians are suffering and smiling because they’ve lost hope. Fix these important things that make a society blossom rather than celebrate garbage that make us look like n*gger- fools. I remember some people were proud of a public figure who took some photos in front of that backdrop at the Grammy’s/ Bella Naija red carpet celebs clustering around Kim K who didn’t even want to touch them in those funny yet painful pictures. I could see the excitement & desperation in those photos. Until then, Nigerians will continue to be a large group of loud & basic West Africans and the epitome of “all talk and nothing to show for it”

  11. ZM

    March 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    This is a joke right? lol
    http://www.uberchicmichi.com

  12. Deedee

    March 12, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Naija na wa,wonders shall never cease, imagine the nonsense

  13. Winny

    March 12, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    CALAMITY WILL SURELY OVERTAKE THE WICKED ,HEAVY PENALTIES ARE METED OUT TO THOSE WHO HATE GOOD. PSALM 34 VERSE 21

  14. Ms lala

    March 12, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    GEJ…is now official …YOUR THE WORST NIGERIAN PRESIDENT EVER…bellanaija if u like dont post my comment…rubbish

  15. [email protected]

    March 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    This is clearly a political move. Pls what is the need or importance of a state pardon for people that are dead? GEJ weldone u hear

  16. Foxy

    March 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Unbelievable… What a country

  17. Straight4ward

    March 12, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    So sad!!…..VERY SAD!!!!

  18. Eghosa Omole

    March 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    The reason why our “leaders” continue with these acts of foolishness is because those of us who really “care”, myself included, do no more than rant on discussion boards such as this. There is nothing wrong with airing our opinions on the internet, don’t get me wrong, but the people you are complaining about will steal from you in broad day light while staring you in the face and they will slap your mother too. Do you think they care about “opinions” or even read this stuff. I will say what I have always said. Nigerians are Nigeria’s biggest problem. Until we are ready to die, COLLECTIVELY, AS A GROUP, EN MASSE, for change in the country, we might as well keep quiet. We have been singing the same song for years. So have our parents. Nothing has happened. I think we need to switch the tactic. Just my 2cents.

  19. Idak

    March 12, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    It is obvious that the list was made up solely for the sake of pardoning Alams. The others are just accidental beneficiaries. We understand the parole.
    Anyway, it changes little, pardon or no pardon,once a thief,always a thief. All this pardon na wash.

  20. annabanana

    March 12, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    o ga o. so is Alams returning the 253 million that was found on him or did he ever give explanation?

  21. Haba

    March 12, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Y is jonathan always a mumu?

  22. Ngozi

    March 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Some of those granted Pardon do deserve to be pardoned but Alamaieyeseigja?! Really? This is one of the problems with the current government; misplaced priorities. Not long after 7 hostages were murdered in the country, pardon is granted to a thief! Does this man not consider Nigeria’s foreign policy? How we will be perceived? But then again, that’s the Nigerian government for you. It is little wonder why some of our youth have given up on the country. This administration and their silly (sometimes poorly implemented) policies just keep dashing hopes. WE NEED A REVOLUTION NOW!

  23. dee

    March 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Anini the brutal robber deserves one too…

    This signals the anticlimax of being a Nigerian.

  24. Aladdin Kemelayefa

    March 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I hail Bayelsans

  25. Afam

    March 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    GEJ is not the only person in council of states,it is made up former head of states,chief judges and former presidents,people should stop making this a big issue just because Alams name is there?

  26. Peppy

    March 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Who is fooling you, Pot granting kettle pardon,(they are all black though) they are all accomplice, why should such people still exist, thats why corruption is not gonna ever end, Not until Nigerians figure out how to maim all their rotten eggs, things will never get better, human beings are as obsinate as the horse sometimes and need drastic measures as follow-up, so that whoever that is vieing for any particular post or sit in Nigeria will know that it is a bloody and serious minded sit and not just for fools without human sympathy,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Lets stop our false hopes and take actions.

  27. Temitope

    March 13, 2013 at 12:19 am

    These pp don’t hv conscience. May the blood of innocent Nigerian hurt all these corrupt bad leaders. Amen!

  28. Benue News Online click here

    March 13, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Wao I hope he change this time…

  29. Someone

    March 13, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Is he doing this to open way for his own state pardon when the time comes?

  30. mz_essay

    March 13, 2013 at 12:54 am

    o ruthless ones u put them to sleep with your useless words and now they slept too long so bring out koboko and wake up the bastards.
    yes i said it wake up the bastards
    because they are all obviously sleeping on the job
    starting with that sorry excuse of a man we call a president.

  31. Blackman sef

    March 13, 2013 at 1:28 am

    This is jonathan stepping up his game for 2015. Blackman doesn’t understand this world simples!!!

  32. nich

    March 13, 2013 at 1:53 am

    i have never believed in jonathan…….not for once…..for me jonathan is evil

  33. Babydoc

    March 13, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Jonny Boy is showing his true colours.

  34. Kechi

    March 13, 2013 at 3:53 am

    GOODLUCK JONATHAN, I will continue to say it…YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO NIGERIA, YOUR WIFE AND YOUR CHILDREN! SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Are you afraid they will take you down with them!
    I am applled by you as a leader. Very shameful!!!!!!!

  35. oskirin

    March 13, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Well,….. I no fit talk.wht kind of country is ds? D nxt pple on d line wld b tafa balogun,james ibori n lucky igbinedion.President,ds is nt d promise u promised us.pls use ur wisdom ooo.

  36. www.brandigest.wordpress.com

    March 13, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Dear Memi, I didn’t mean that. It was all joke. I used that to drive home a point which was on the later part of my post. It contains a lot than you read. Sometimes writers use such to attract attention for a subtle point that’s hidden in a sentence instead of hitting a point straight away. * who marries a minor and proudly call her wife? In Nigeria it is willing act of a man* this’s literature, it doesn’t mean all Nigerians marry minors as wives just like Gov Sherima did sometime but is making a salient point concealled within.
    Hmm!!! Boss, don’t let me forget say GEJ fall our hand nah….lol

  37. Tundy-16-Royal

    March 13, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Na God go punish una one by one……..IJN

  38. Opsy

    March 13, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Why is the attention and abuses only on GEJ? Was it not the COS that took the decision?

  39. Chukwudi Anumani

    March 13, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Lets not forget that Igbos, of which Im a part of (shamefully) are the ones that voted this man into power with their 99.8% rigging votes, and theyre still the ones keeping him in power with their shortsighted way of doing things.

  40. gistyinka

    March 13, 2013 at 10:57 am

    useless government…

    gistyinka.com

  41. tbn

    March 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

    What a shameful country. How can they grant state pardon to someone who is still declared wanted for a crime by another country? SMH. I feel so ashamed of this country.

  42. kings

    March 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

    i don’t think after reading this i will love to come back to my country again…wat a shame

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