• Ace broadcaster Mike Enahoro, Sports journalist, Felix Okugbe dead

AlamieyeseighaThe former governor
of Bayelsa State, Diepriye
Alamieyeseigha, died yesterday
at the University of Port Harcourt
Teaching Hospital at age 63.
Also, ace broadcaster Mike
Enahoro and sports presenter,
Felix Okugbe, equally died
Alamieyeseigha reportedly
went into a coma two days ago
and was placed on life support,
but medics could not revive him
as he gave up the ghost yesterday
in what a family source, who
pleaded anonymity, said may
have been provoked by fears over
the extradition order issued by the
British government.
Though the public relations
officer, PRO, of the University,
William Wordu, in a telephone
interview, denied the news,
maintaining the institution had
no official information yet to the
former governor’s death, a family
source said he died yesterday after
two days in coma.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday recalls
that the British government had
sought to resurrect an outstanding
case of money laundering against
the former governor and had
requested for his extradition to
The Federal Government it
was learnt might have been
in discussion with the British
government over the likelihood of
granting their request to effect the
extradition of the former Air Force
Alamieyeseigha, who was
facing money-laundering charges,
had somehow managed to jump
bail and returned to Nigeria
where he served jail sentence,
largely spent in hospital.
Though efforts were made to
get him to return to the United
Kingdom to answer charges
brought against him, he refused
to answer summons for trial to
Meanwhile, there are fears
that the the Niger Delta Youth
Movement, who earlier on,
protested his re-extradition order,
may take it out on the interests
of the British government in
Our correspondent in Port
Harcourt learnt that the youths
who expressed disdain with the
order reacted sharply to the news
of his demise and may likely
issue a statement today. It would be recalled that they
had protested against ongoing
discussion between the UK
and the Nigerian government
as revealed by the British High
Commissioner in Nigeria stating
that they may be compelled to
express their anger in whatever
manner pleases them.
In September 2005,
Alamieyeseigha (then the Bayelsa
State governor) was detained by
the London Metropolitan Police
on charges of money laundering
and was finally impeached.
In the year 2013, the immediate
past President, Dr. Goodluck
Jonathan granted him state
He was born on November
16, 1952 in Amassoma, Ogboin
North Local Government Area,
Bayelsa State.
He 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.
He held various air force
positions in Enugu, Makurdi,
Kaduna and Ikeja.
Alamieyeseigha retired from
the air force in 1992 as a Squadron
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
Fertiliser Company (NAFCON).
Meanwhile, former NTA
newscaster, Mike Enahoro also
died. He was renowned for
his baritone voice and flawless
Mike functioned in the era
when the likes of Julie Coker,
Bode Alalade, Sienne Allwell
Brown and Joe Ebuwa controlled
the airwave.
In the same vein, sports
journalist, Felix Osagie Okugbe
passed on at the Lagos State
University Teaching Hospital at
the age of 51.
“He was rushed to the Lagos
State University Teaching
Hospital on Monday, and when
his condition deteriorated on
Wednesday, he was placed on
oxygen,” a close friend, Frank
Ilaboya said

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