Monday, October 15, 2007

Fugitive As Governors In Nigeria? Dariye & Alamie! Tragedy Of Looting Governor Alamieyesegha of Bayelsa

Monday, 21 November 2005
Fugitive As Governors In Nigeria? Dariye & Alamie!

Tragedy Of Looting Governor Alamieyesegha of Bayelsa

By Paul I. Adujie

New York, United States

Shocked and agitated are words that best described my feelings on learning that Alamie has escaped the claws and jaws of justice in London, as he is reported to have jumped bail in England. He has returned to Yenagoa where he lives to pretend that he is a cat with nine lives.

I hope Nigeria’s democracy is not undone by these sequence of unsavory events. These could be the harbingers of anarchy.

This is a tragic blow to the anti corruption efforts currently going on in Nigeria, it is, also a wake up call to Nigeria’s National Assembly to expunge, repeal or amend the immunity clause to change the present state of affairs, in which some public officials have turned the immunity clause to an impunity cloak and cover.

If anything is to be learnt from Alamie’s brazen escape from London and the bravado with which he has reportedly “resumed” his “authority as governor” of Bayelsa state, it is simply that, the provision in Nigeria’s constitution of 1999 regarding immunity, is now long overdue for amendment or complete repeal. I have made this call before! It bears repeating here again, Nigeria need to expunge the immunity clause which has become abused with impunity by public office holders.

Additional lesson to be learnt, among many others, is that the war against corruption is primarily Nigeria’s war, albeit, with support, encouragement and cooperation from other nations and non-Nigerians worldwide.

Looting governor Alamie of Bayelsa state has offended every sense of decency known to humans, he has broken many more laws, local and international. He has by his singular criminal act of escape, from lawful restriction placed upon him by agencies of the British government, he has demonstrated that he is a reckless buffoon money launderer and now, a fugitive felon.

How did this man escape through the airspace of London and how did he enter the airspace of Nigeria? How did he procure travel documents? Who are his collaborators? Who connived and colluded with this looting governor to escape justice?

Nigeria’s National Assembly must immediately convene and converge to surgically remove the parts of section 308 of the constitution of Nigeria 1999, which is now a national and an international embarrassment of colossal and monumental proportions!

Brazen misconduct, criminal activities by governors must stop and their constitutional protections as embedded in the immunity clause must be removed. These gangsters must be compelled to obey the laws. They must face the consequences of their illegal acts!

Lawlessness by pubic office holders, particularly these looting governors must be stopped.

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