Controversy As Burial Of Ex-Bayelsa Governor, Alamieyeseigha Fails To Commence As Scheduled
The death of Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha is causing more controversy six (6) months after his alleged death was announced by the Bayelsa State Government.
His family members had claimed Chief Alamieyeseigha died at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) on Saturday 10th October, 2015.
Following this development, Bayelsa Governor Seriake Dickson on Thursday 15th October, 2015, set up a high powered committee to organise a benefiting burial for the man popularly called governor-general of Ijaw nation and first civilian governor of the state.
Recall his death was announced after it was rumoured President Muhammudu Buhari will repatriate him to London to answer charges of money laundering.
A statement signed by Dickson’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the committee was constituted has the deputy Governor, Rear Admiral John Jonah (rtd) as its Chairman, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson, Vice-Chairman and the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Edmund Alison-Oguru, as Secretary.
Other members of the committee are Senator Foster Ogola, member of the House of Representatives, Henry Ofongo; Commissioners of Information and Orientation, Health, Works and Infrastructure and Culture and Ijaw National Affairs, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Yenagoa and the Principal Executive Secretary to the Governor.
Others are the State Chairman, Secretary, Woman and Youth Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), representatives of the Alamieyeseigha family, the Ijaw National Congress (INC), the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Chief Thompson Okorotie, Prof. Steve Azaiki, the Chief Historian and Archivist of the State.
However, a representative of his family, the traditional ruler of Amassoma kingdom, Major Graham Naingba (rtd), who is also the first cousin to the late former governor disclosed on Tuesday, January 26 that Alamieyeseigha burial rites will begin on Thursday, March 24.
Naingba who is from Alamieyeseigha’s village, said the former governor would have been buried on November 16, 2015, the day he would have turned 63, but it was put off because of preparations for the state gubernatorial poll and lack of agreement between the state government and the deceased’s family.
He also noted that the chiefs in their community were yet to see his corpse, the former governor’s death is true “?Alamieyeseigha is truly dead. I have heard people who claimed that he faked his death. It is not true. In Ogboin community, we don’t fake our death. If anybody claims that he is dead and he eventually comes back, the person cannot live for more than three months. It is our tradition. If you fake your death, you are gone because you cannot live again. Even if the whole world says he is not dead, I the traditional ruler of this community will tell you that he is dead.”
However checks by this reporter reveals that burial of Mr. Alamieyeseigha did not hold as scheduled in Bayelsa this past weekend.
Failure of the Bayelsa government to go ahead with the burial plans has fueled more insinuations that the former Bayelsa governor who jumped bail by disguising like a woman to escape from the United Kingdom through Dubai to Nigeria may actually be alive and running away from the long arms of the law.