The British Government Helped DSP Escape

by Jonathan Elendu and Sowore Omoyele

Since the news of the escape of the Bayelsa Governor became public, has been working with our sources to determine how the embattled Governor pulled off this feat right under the nose of the British security agencies. can now confirm that Gov. Alamieyeseigha escaped from London on a ferry. The ferry took him to France. Using a fake passport, Gov. DSP Alamieyeseigha flew into Portharcourt International Airport in a private jet during the early hours this morning. investigations indicate that the Governor’s escape may have been aided by the British Government, working outside of the judicial system and without the cooperation of the Metropolitan police. Sources told us that the British Government believes that Pres. Obasanjo is determined to go for a third term and that his war on corruption has been very selective in its targets. A London source told that the Blair Government has dossiers on Obasanjo’s friends, who are corrupt, and have passed the information to the President. Some of his friends are said to be more corrupt than Alamieseigha. The source gave the example of Anthony Anennih whose first son, Anthony Anennih Jr., manages his father’s British properties and businesses worth millions of pounds.

These corrupt friends of the President have yet to be indicted by the EFCC, while his enemies are hounded. The thinking in British Government circles is that Pres. Obasanjo is using the EFCC to silence his critics and that the British Government is being used to settle political scores while British interests in Nigeria, especially in the Niger Delta area, are jeopardized.

There are also indications that Gov. DSP Alamieyeseigha of Bayelsa State may face the wrath of the EFCC. Although the Constitution of the Federal Government of Nigeria confers immunity on certain public officials, including governors, the EFCC is determined to make DSP Alamieyeseigha pay for his crimes. His family members and friends are likely targets of criminal inquiry. According to Osita Nwajah, the EFCC spokesperson, in a chat with, “We’ll continue with our investigations. It is shameful that the Governor decided to further damage our image by being a fugitive from the law. However, those who assisted him in committing these crimes would be brought to answer for their actions.”

We asked the EFCC spokesman to confirm the theory that the Bayelsa Governor’s escape may have been aided by the British Government, he said, “I am not aware of that.”

Our calls to the Scotland Yard did not yield much information. The press officer said, “Gov. DSP Alamieyeseigha has failed to meet the requirements of his bail. We are unable to trace him. Inquiries are on hand to trace his whereabouts.” Pressed for further comments, she said, “Yes, we have heard that he is in Nigeria.” On the allegations that the British security agencies may have aided his escape, the press officer who gave her name as Christy said, “We shall not be making any further comments on this matter for now. We cannot confirm anything more than what we already told you.”

The EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, during a press conference which ended about thirty minutes ago told reporters that Gov. DSP Alamieyeseigha escaped London dressed as a woman. However, a very reliable source in London told that the Governor did not leave London in any disguise. Another source told us that the EFCC story may have been floated to cover some inefficiencies on the part of the commission as Nigerians are blaming them for their inability to forestall this move by the embattled Governor.

Another source in Port harcourt told that DSP Alamieyeseigha arrived in Portharcourt International airport dressed as a woman. We have yet to confirm this story.

There are also unconfirmed reports that the Obasanjo Government may declare a state of emergency in Bayelsa State. This is one of the options considered by the Federal Security Council when they met today to discuss the Bayelsa Governor’s escape. The idea of the state of emergency is to stop Gov. DSP Alamieyesigha from politically benefiting from his criminal escape from the British police.

A public policy analyst speaking on the condition of anonymity told, “If this DSP man was able to fly into Nigeria without the knowledge of the Obasanjo government, we are finished. It means anybody can come into the country and bring with them all kinds of things, including arms. Can the Federal Government tell us what the Governor brought into Nigeria? Obasanjo is a joker!”

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Anonymous December 12, 2005 - 6:26 am

good work-Zakari Bala

Anonymous November 22, 2005 - 11:53 am

I dont think you guys have any credibility any more, as the veil of objectivity you once worked under has been torn away. You should be ashamed of yourselves…I see nothing in your analysis that would logically explain the bold conclusion "OBJ is a joker". This piece – I cant even call it an article – is flabbergastingly lacking in research and even analysis: tell me something that I couldnt have picked off reuters or BBC….Hiss. It is journalists like you thst are making it impossible for Nigeria to make any progres on numerous fronts. Jokers!

Anonymous November 22, 2005 - 6:39 am

ELlendu and Sowore thank you for your well researched analysis on the issue.Rather than facing the real issues they are bent on trampling on peolpe destabilizing our nascent democracy.

As for people like Sabella Abidde i hope the lead have been lifted up from their eyes.

Anonymous November 21, 2005 - 9:24 pm

Now, won't it be something if they allowed Alamieyeseigha to leave London and return to Creek Haven The joke may still be on us, you know. But seriously, won't that be something (Sabella Abidde) Posted to the Ijawnation website on 11/15/05 AND NOW HE WALKSTHE JOKE IS ON USWHAT A SHAME


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