Ijaw youths have expressed outrage over the death of the first civilian governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, putting the blame for his demise at the footstep of the Nigerian Government and British authorities.
Chief Alamieyeseigha reportedly died of cardiac arrest at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital on Saturday, October 10 at the age of 63, after slipping into coma and was placed on life support.
Reacting to his death yesterday at a press conference, the youths under the aegis of Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide (IYC), who rose from an emergency meeting in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, resolved that the Federal Government and its British counterpart should be held liable for complicity in the death of DSP Alamieyeseigha.
The President of IYC, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, who made the position of the umbrella body of Ijaw youths known, said the government’s planned extradition of Alamieyeseigha to the United Kingdom for a renewed trial after 10 years that he was tried, jailed and pardoned, worsened his ailment, which allegedly led to his eventual death.
Eradiri, who stressed that Alamieyeseigha was not jailed because of corruption, claimed that the deceased, fondly called the ‘Governor-General of the Ijaw nation’, while he was alive, was imprisoned for his stand on resource control and fiscal federalism.
The IYC leader also condemned activities of oil bunkering in the region, saying it was a criminal act which is hazardous to the economy, injurious to the people and the ecosystem.