Former Governor of Bayelsa, Diepriye Alamieyeseigha is dead according to a report by online newspaper, Signal. He would have been 63 next month.
A family source told the newspaper on Saturday, October 10, 2015 said that the former Bayelsa governor was ill and eventually died of kidney failure.
The Trent spoke with a close family member, who confirmed the death of the respected Ijaw leader who was affectionately called Governor General of Ijaw Nation by his people. “It is true. I am with his son at UNIPORT,” the family member, who did not wish to be named, told our reporter. “We are all here. This is a big blow. A big blow.”
According to the family member, Alamieyeseigha who is regarded as a political godfather of former President Goodluck Jonathan took ill in his hometown of Ammassoma in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. He was rushed to the University of Port Harcourt Hospital in Port Harcourt (UPTH). He slipped into a coma two days ago.
Saturday, he suffered a cardiac arrest and died in the afternoon.
His Wikipedia profile state:
Diepreye Alamieyeseigha 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, Markurdi, Kaduna and Ikeja. Alamieyeseigha retired from the air force in 1992 as a Squadron Leader.
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).
Diepreye Alamieyeseigha was impeached on allegations of corruption on 9 December 2005.