The remains of Chief Deipreye Solomon Alamieyeseigha, the first elected civilian Governor of Bayelsa State, will be finally laid to rest on Saturday April 9, in his Amassoma country home.
Announcing the burial date, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Retd), deputy governor of Bayelsa State and the chairman of the Central Burial Committee said there will be a Youth/Student Activities in Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital; public lecture on Federalism and Development in Nigeria, by Prof. G.G Darah at the Banquet Hall, Yenagoa; Night of Songs and Tributes at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa.
On Friday, April 8, there will be a Valedictory State Executive Council Session, at the Banquet Hall, Yenagoa and Wake-keep at his country home in Amassoma. There will be a Commendation Service on Saturday, April 9, to be followed by his internment in Amassoma, his country home and a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, April 10, at St. Peters Anglican Church, Yenagoa.
Chief Deipreye Alamieyeseigha, died at age 62, on October 10, 2015, at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers State, after slipping into coma two days ago and was placed on life support.
Popularly called the ‘Governor-General of the Ijaw Nation,’ Chief Alamieyeseigha was the first Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, from 1999 to 2005 when he was impeached. His impeachment followed his escape from London in order to evade justice after he was accused money laundering.
He was later prosecuted in Nigeria, convicted and jailed for corrupt practices but was granted presidential pardon by former President, Goodluck Jonathan. Few days before his death, there were reports that the UK government had requested Nigeria extradite him to London for trial over allegations of money laundering, which many believed necessitated his death.
Meanwhile, the organised labour in Bayelsa has suspended its proposed strike to honour the former governor and founder of the Niger Delta University (NDU). Speaking in a communiqué released on Saturday,the labour leaders said they had resolved to postpone the strike to demand for salaries owed the university workers by the state government to to honour the first visitor to the university.
According to the communique, the academic and non-academic unions agreed that the non-payment of their salaries had made life unbearable but have pledged to stay action on the planned strike until Alamieyeseigha’s burial on April 9.