Former governor of Bayelsa State, DSP Alamieyeseigha is dead. He died a few hours ago at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He was 63. According to Bayelsa State government officials, he was hospitalized two days ago when he fell unconscious. He was said to have entered into a coma by the time he was admitted into the hospital. Doctors at the Teaching Hospital gave the cause of his death as cardiac arrest.
Born on November 16, 1952 in Amasomma, Ogboin North Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Alamieyeseigha attended the Bishop Dimeari Grammar School, Yenagoa. He joined the Nigerian Defence Academy as a Cadet Officer in 1974, then joined the Nigerian Air Force, where he served in the department of Logistics and Supply. Alamieyeseigha retired from the air force in 1992 as a Squadron Leader. After leaving the air force he became the Sole Administrator of Pabod Supplies Port Harcourt. Later he became Head of Budget, Planning, Research and Development of the National Fertilizer Company (NAFCON)
Alamieyeseigha was elected Governor of Bayelsa State in May 1999 as a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party(PDP). He was re-elected in 2003.
He was detained in London on charges of money laundering in Spetember 2005 when the Metropolitan Police found a total of one million pounds sterling in his London home. He jumped bail in December 2005 and ran to Nigeria.
On July 26, 2007, Alamieyeseigha pleaded guilty before a Nigerian court to six charges and was sentenced to two years in prison on each charge; however, because the sentences were set to run concurrently and the time was counted from the point of his arrest nearly two years before the sentences, his actual sentence was relatively short. Many of his assets were ordered to be forfeited to the Bayelsa state government. According to Alamieyeseigha, he only pled guilty due to his age and would have fought the charges had he been younger. On July 27, just hours after being taken to prison, he was released due to time already served. On 12 March 2013, Alamieyeseigha was granted official pardoned by President Goodluck Jonathan who served him as deputy governor in Bayelsa State.