Ex-Bayelsa gov Alamieyeseigha dies of hypertension

Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

A former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, has died of hypertension.

Former State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Ebitimi Agary, confirmed this to our correspondent on Saturday.

Alamieyeseigha, 63, was said to have died at University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, where we was receiving medical attention.

Chief Press Secretary to Bayelsa Governor, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria, in a telephone interview.

He said government would issue a statement on the death of the former Air Force Officer.

The United Kingdom government, which arrested the former governor on allegation of money laundering in September 2005 during the government of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, recently requested for the extradition of Alamieyeseigha to face the charges for the alleged crime in the UK.

He had earlier been impeached, arrested, tried and convicted and sent to jail in Nigeria for two years in 2007 for fraud after he fled the UK, disguising as a woman to evade trial in December, 2005.

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