The United Kingdom is not contented with getting Diezani’s arrest and wants to get more Nigerian defaulters. The Kingdom has said that it has not given up on its efforts to extradite former Bayelsa State governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, back to Britain to face trial.
The Sun Newspaper reports that the UK has contacted the Nigerian Federal Government requesting the extradition and is awaiting feedback.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Pocock, told the paper in an exclusive interview that the former governor, who recently got state pardon from his criminal conviction in Nigeria, still has an outstanding case of money laundering to answer to in the UK and that the UK government will not give up until Mr. Alamieyeseigha is brought to justice.
Mr. Alamieyeseigha, then a serving governor, made a dramatic escape from the custody of the British authorities dressed as a woman when he fled back to Nigeria from detention in September 2005. He was later convicted on similar money laundering charges on July 26, 2007 in Nigeria after he was impeached as governor.
He was later pardoned by the former President Goodluck Jonathan in what was a highly controversial move. Mr. Pocock revealed that the UK had asked the Attorney General and Minister for Justice for Alamieyeseigha’s extradition and was still awaiting his position on the issue when President Goodluck Jonathan all of a sudden announced he had been extricated of all wrongdoing via the state clemency.