Jonathan mourns Alamieyeseigha, says he meant well for Bayelsans


Former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan on Friday paid glowing tributes to the late former governor of Bayelsa State, D.S.P Alamieyeseigha saying he meant well for Bayelsans.

He also assured the Bayelsa State Government and the Alamieyeseigha family of his commitment to efforts geared towards giving the departed foremost Ijaw leader a befitting state burial.

Jonathan gave the assurance when he paid a condolence visit to the deceased family at Opolo in Yenagoa.

The former President who is scheduled to travel to Tanzania, where he is expected to spend about 12 days, promised to be fully involved in the burial arrangements, as soon as he returns to the country.

Accompanied by Governor Seriake Dickson, his Deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Rtd) and other dignitaries, Dr. Jonathan said, he received the death of Chief Alamieyeseigha with a rude shook, stressing that the deceased leader stood firmly for Bayelsa, the Ijaw people and the South-South geo-political region.

Dr. Jonathan traced his relationship with Alamieyeseigha to the days of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP), one of the five political parties formed during the administration of Late General Sani Abacha as Nigeria’s Head of State.

Assuring the Alamieyeseighas’ especially the widow and children of his continued support, Dr. Jonathan acknowledged that without the role the Governor-General of the Ijaw nation played in his life, he would not have risen to become President of Nigeria.

According to Jonathan, “I knew Alamieyeseigha during the UNCP days, when we were working for him. I never knew I was going to be his Deputy Governor because that was not my interest then.

“From that time, the political evolution in the country and the state brought me to run with him. From 1999, we’ve been together. He always took me as his younger brother. Our relationship was not that of a governor and his deputy but that of an elder and a younger brother.

“Alamieyeseigha meant well for Bayelsans; stood very firmly for the Ijaw people and wanted to advance the South-South. He’s somebody we’ve collectively missed”, he lamented.

Highlights of the visit included the signing of the condolence register by Dr. Jonathan and consolatory prayers offered by the Bishop of the Royal House of Grace International Church, Bishop Peter Leghemo for the state, the Ijaw nation and the deceased immediate family.

UBA MD sues online journalist for alleged false report



An online reporter, Desmond Ike Chima, 29, has been arraigned before a Lagos State magistrates’ court for allegedly publishing an article deemed to be obscene against Mr. Phillips Oduoza, the Managing Director of UBA Plc.

Operatives of the Federal Criminal Investigation Department, FCID, Annex, Lagos, arrested and arraigned the accused before an Igbosere magistrates’ court on a five-count charge of felony to wit: publishing obscene article against Mr. Phillips Oduoza.

Police prosecutor, ASP Henry Obiazi, informed the court in charge No. A/30/2015 that the accused and others now at large committed the offence in March 2015 at Ojodu, Ikeja, Lagos, western Nigeria.

Obiazi told the court that the accused published an obscene article against the complainant, Mr. Philips Oduoza, titled: RANDY UBA MD, PHILLIPS ODUOZA IN ADULTERY MESS, ROMANCES STAR ACTRESS, GENEVIEVE NNAJI. He said the accused, with intent to extort or gain anything, accused Mr. Phillips Oduoza of using his company, Afriland Properties, to defraud the management of UBA Plc.

Count 4 of the charge reads: “That you Desmond Ike Chima and others still at large at the said date and place did publish or distribute an article deemed to be obscene against Phillips Oduoza entitled: RANDY UBA PLC MD, PHILLIPS ODUOZA’S WIFE TO DIVORCE HIM OVER AFFAIR WITH ACTRESS GENEVIEVE NNAJI.”

Obiazi noted that the offences the accused committed are punishable under section 409, 150(1) and 301(1) of the criminal laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused however denied the police allegation in the open court and magistrate Mrs. O. M. Ajayi admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Ajayi adjourned the case till 30 October, 2015 for mention.

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