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Justice Umar greets everyone and says ‘I think it’s about time we proceeded with the matter of the day
Court clerk reads out the case before the tribunal. bukola saraki takes to the accused box.
Justice Umar asks for a seat to be made available for the defendant. That has been quickly provided
Lead prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs reads out the names of other counsels appearing in court with him
6 lawyers are appearing in court for the prosecution
Lead defense counsel, Kanu Agabi now takes his turn to read out names of counsels appearing with him
Raphael Ajibola Oloyede, the lawyer who clashed with Justice Umar is in court. Umar addresses him as ‘my very good friend’
Agabi asks Oloyede to bow to the judge and reiterates ‘your very good friend’
Agabi: My Lord, when you greeted us all a good morning, it really touched my soul. God bless you and today be good to us’
Kanu Agabi continues reading out the names of counsels appearing with him
Paul Usoro, who has been leading the cross examination for the defense is noticeably absent in court
There is no word yet as to whether Paul Usoro will make an appearance in court or if Agabi will handle the cross examination
Kanu Agabi mispronounces a counsel’s name and Justice Umar corrects him. Agabi says : ‘My Lord you know these things better
Agabi now launches into a story of how high office holders attract enemies. He makes sure to throw in a few Bible quotes
Agabi: ‘We all have enemies. Even Prophet Muhammed had enemies’
Agabi: I have come to court to beg to be allowed to attend to my medical appointment. I have a medical appointment
Agabi: I talked to Rotimi but he didn’t say a word
Justice Umar says he wants Agabi to live for a thousand years and says as people age, they require constant medical check up
Justice Umar to Agabi: We will thank things very gently. I won’t stress you so as not to aggravate your situation
Justice Umar: We will take it easy on you and treat you very very gently, just like a toddler
Agabi: Thank you my Lord
Umar: calls on lead prosecution counsel to state where we are in court for
Rotimi Jacobs mentions the motion filed by Oluyede on behalf of the defendant and continuation of cross examination of Wetkas
Justice Umar to Agabi: are you aware of motion filled by Oluyede and have you sanctioned it?
Justice Umar to Agabi : you are the lead counsel and your authority binds all counsels under you
Agabi: this is a motion filled on behalf of the defendant
Umar: Do you think it’s okay for this motion to be filled without consulting you?
Agabi: I was consulted
Umar: counsels shouldn’t be involved in gimmicks. We are ministers here
Agabi: My Lord a court of law is for those in distress. Certainly the possibilities for error in court is possible
Agabi: That is why Judges like you should be very patient
Umar: Do you sanction this motion? Should I put it on record?
Agabi: This motion is the defendant’s motion. It is not my motion. That’s all I have to say
Umar: so you have sanctioned it?
Agabi: it doesn’t require my sanction
Umar : you are sanctioning for the motion to be heard?
Agabi: oh yes
Umar : ‘we have observed that some armed security agents are often inside the premises of tribunal
Umar: such security agents with long range rifles will henceforth stay outside the tribunal.
Umar: second, we discovered that some people are using ipads and pics of certain events taking place during trial
Umar: sometimes there are biased reports of what happened in court
Umar : it is unlawful for anyone to take clips of the proceedings
Umar: anyone with the intention of taking clips of certain events during trial should desist from doing so
Umar: if it is the interest of the general public for the trial to be televised, I will grant that request
Umar: that will disabuse the minds of certain members of the public that some people are not being honest
Umar: We are here to do what is right. We don’t belong to anybody here
Agabi: God sees the heart and knows that my prayer in this matter is not for victory but for peace & harmony in Nigeria
Agabi: By God’s grace, you are in the remarkable position to make that peace the nation needs
Agabi: I have prayed for the spirit of harmony and peace to prevail. There is a price to be paid for that
Agabi: That is why I have urged you not to be angry. Anger is of the devil
Agabi: don’t expect not to be troubled. You will be
Agabi: but generations yet to come will adore you if you handle this matter in a humane manner
Agabi: you should be an advocate of peace, My Lord. I beg you
Agabi: Let all these lawyers appearing before you say that Danladi Umar is an apostle of peace & justice
Prosecution: your Lordship will remember that at the beginning, this matter was broadcast live till some people protested
Prosecution : We are interested in the justice of the case and that should be paramount in the mind of everyone
Prosecution: there can be no peace without justice.
Prosecution: the only impediment to further cross examination is Oluyede’s motion. It will need to be dealt with first
Prosecution: the motion says there is your Lordship is undergoing investigation by the EFCC and EFCC is involved in this matter
Prosecution: let the defense move their application and we will argue it
Umar: you just heard the lead defense counsel say he wasn’t aware of it
Prosecution: My Lord we are aware that the lead defense counsel said he wasn’t initially aware of the motion but is now aware
Umar: Let’s proceed please
From all indications, it seems the motion filed by Oluyede will be heard first by the court .
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Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, the first elected governor of Bayelsa state, did not die a happy man. He suffered multiple tragedies in his last days on earth and, on Saturday, went to his grave abruptly, apparently with a broken heart.
In October 2014, the man once known as the “governor-general of the Ijaw nation” flew to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to retrieve the corpse of Oyamieyifa, one of his sons who died under controversial circumstances. No father wants to bury his child, and not even under such a cloud.
Tonbra, his other son, broke up with his wife of seven months, Chikodi Stella Ononiwu, early 2015 in controversial circumstances after a dream wedding which was the talk of the town. That might have been of little worry to Alamieyeseigha, who had to also watch his wife, Margret, suffer so much pain as a result of bad health.
TheCable also understands that she is currently undergoing treatment for a life-threatening ailment.
And in a most dramatic twist of fate, the British government recently requested his extradition to face trial for alleged money laundering, according to reports.
Oyamieyifa died in controversial circumstances
In September 2005, the UK’s Metropolitan police had detained him after finding about £1 million cash on him, and another £1.8 million in cash and accounts. He was subsequently charged with money laundering but he jumped bail after allegedly disguising as a woman, an allegation he denied.
A family source told TheCable about how the former governor received the news of the plans to extradite him to the UK.
“He was devastated over the plans to take him back to UK for trials. He told family members that he has suffered enough of the judicial processes and humiliation,” the source said.
A few days later, he fell into a coma. He never recovered. He died on Saturday from cardiac arrest at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, the Bayelsa state government said.
JONATHAN STOOD SOLIDLY BY HIM
Alamieyeseigha and his protege, Jonathan
Alamieyeseigha, a retired air force officer, used to enjoy a cult-like status among his people and his travails in the UK did not deny him of that. Loyalty is rare to find in the Nigerian political terrain but DSP, as his supporters called him, got that even from Goodluck Jonathan, his two-time deputy who would later become vice-president and president of Nigeria.
Unlike the average politician who would capitalise on the misfortune of his superior to launch himself into power, Jonathan stood by Alamieyeseigha until he was impeached on December 9, 2005.
In a chat with journalists shortly after he took over the reins of government in Bayelsa, Jonathan said: “You all know how I have been loyal to him from the beginning until this sad event made me succeed him.”
In his last known interview before he died, Alamieyeseigha commented on what made him choose Jonathan as a partner.
“I wanted a deputy governor who had high level of intelligence and stable character like Jonathan,” he told Vanguard.
“I also needed an establishment person and somebody who was not too ambitious that if I was out, he could stand in for me and could run the state. I needed somebody, who would not attempt to cause trouble if I travelled out of the state so that I could sleep well.”
And that was exactly what Jonathan did.
THE CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM
In July, 2007, Alamieyeseigha was sentenced to two years in prison and many of his assets were ordered to be forfeited to the Bayelsa state government.
He was discovered to have owned real estate in London worth £10 million. In December 2009, the federal government hired a British law firm to help dispose of four expensive property acquired by Alamieyeseigha in London.
In 2012, the US Department of Justice announced that it had executed an asset forfeiture order on $401,931 in a Massachusetts brokerage fund, traceable to Alamieyeseigha. The allegations of corruption against him were mind-boggling, arousing fury when Jonathan as president of the country, pardoned him in March 2013.
HE FORGAVE OBASANJO, HIS NEMESIS
Alamieyeseigha believed former President Olusegun Obasanjo masterminded his trial and ruined him politically because he opposed Obasanjo’s rumoured third term agenda.
He spoke on his encounters with the former president, saying he had forgiven him.
He said: “I cannot be living in the past because it does not help. It pains quite well but again, if it was not permitted by God, it would not have happened. And for me to be alive, I thank God. Sometimes when I reflect on where I am coming from, I even at times ask why I am still alive, having passed through what I have passed through. It reminds me of Psalm 23, somebody passing through the valley of the shadow of death. I passed through it several times. For me to be alive, I do not need to have anything in mind.
“I have been at a very close quarters with Obasanjo twice. The first encounter was at the Katsina Airport during the wedding of the daughter of late President Yar’Adua. I did not even know that he was in the VIP lounge. I wanted to use the rest room and here was Obasanjo directly sitting inside. I was even scared because he almost passed out.
“I held his hand and he said DSP what have I done to deserve a handshake from you? There were other people; Kenny Martins and one of his political friends present. I said I was shaking him for two reasons. One was because of the Almighty God who created us. Number two is that tradition demands that we should welcome our visitors. Then Kenny got up and said, great leader, great leader and he came to hug me.
“The second encounter was when I was going to Dubai and if Obasanjo had known that I was in that aircraft, he would not have entered but I was already seated. We were very few in the aircraft. Because of fear, Obasanjo saw me and hysterically called me ‘Fayose, Fayose’ and I told him that I was not ‘Fayose.’ I said former president, Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, you are a devil incarnate. I said when we were small, our lesson teachers always talked about this devil and this devil and I never knew that the devil is a human being. I told him that you are a direct descendant of the devil. I told him that if you talk, I will throw you out of this aircraft.
“I knew of truth that he did not sleep throughout the flight. The only thing he said was DSP, is it only you that entered prison. I too entered prison. He said you entered prison and I entered prison. He kept quiet and I left. But I have forgiven him.”
DICKSON WILL SURELY MISS HIM
Alamieyeseigha, Jonathan and Dickson
One of those who would suffer from the demise of the ex-governor is Governor Seriake Dickson, who is standing for another election, in less than two months.
The deceased was actively involved in the re-election campaign of Dickson.
Responding to the news of the death, Dickson described Alamieyeseigha “a rare gem”, saying his demise “is a very painful and monumental loss to the entire Ijaw nation, which he has always stood firm for in all its ramifications”.
Born on November 16, 1952, Alamieyeseigha was governor of Bayelsa state from May 29, 1999 to December 9, 2005 when he was impeached