How Prof. Sagay Supported Alamieyeseigha For Jumping Bail

How Prof. Sagay Supported Alamieyeseigha For Jumping Bail

Professor Itse Sagay, the chairman of the presidential advisory committee on corruption might not be a perfect man after all. 

How Prof. Sagay Supported Alamieyeseigha For Jumping Bail

Professor Itse Sagay has been very vocal about corruption and other national issues in recent times

Sagay, a respected professor of international law, stunned many Nigerians when he openly supported those condemning the arrest of the former governor of Bayelsa state, Late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, when the latter was detained in London on charges of money laundering in September 2005.

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At the time of his arrest, the London Metropolitan police found about £1m in cash in the late governor's London mansion. Later they found a total of £1.8m ($3.2m) in cash and bank accounts.

While many Nigerians condemned the late Alamieyeseigha actions and hailed the British police for arresting him , Sagay condemned the arrest and told the Nigerian media that the arrest was ''a violation of international law'' and a result of a ''conspiracy'' between the federal government of Nigeria and the British government.

How Prof. Sagay Supported Alamieyeseigha For Jumping Bail

The late Alamieyeseigha was one of the public officials prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission during the Olusegun Obasanjo administration

When the late Alamieyeseigha arrived Nigeria after escaping from the British authorities, Professor Sagay suggested that his escape was ''very exciting.''

According to Professor Sagay then, it is obvious the British authorities were not going to do justice to the case. He went on to say the late governor did not jump bail and had done nothing to embarrass Nigeria.

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He had said: ''It has nothing to do with the image of Nigeria. It is more the image of the British which has been partial and less objective.''

Curiously, weeks after he was named the chairman of the presidential advisory committee on corruption, Professor Sagay stated that the late Alamieyeseigha deserves to be extradited to London based on the demand of the British government.

This was even after the late governor was granted a presidential pardon in 2013 by former president Goodluck Jonathan who incidentally served as the former's deputy governor when he was governor of Bayelsa state.

How Prof. Sagay Supported Alamieyeseigha For Jumping Bail

Alamieyeseigha was granted presidential pardon by the Goodluck Jonathan government

Professor Sagay's role in this whole saga was well documented in a book by a Nigerian journalist and author, Wale Adebanwi, named ''A Paradise for Maggots''.

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This revelation is coming up barely 24 hours after a video that has gone viral on the internet, shows Abdulrahman Dambazau, the minister of interior in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari, stretching his leg for his aide to clean his shoes with a white handkerchief. 

The video has since been generating angry reactions from most Nigerians who condemned the action of Dambazau, who served as Chief of Army Staff between 2008 and 2010.

Source: Naija.ng

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