- Category: Law, Crime & Judiciary
- Published on Friday, 27 July 2007 00:00
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A Lagos high court has sentenced a former Nigerian governor to two years in prison after it found him guilty of money laundering. Dieprieye Alamieyeseigha was arrested in December 2005 in Bayelsa's state capital after jumping bail in the UK.
Officials said Alamieyeseigha left the UK disguised in women's clothing, a claim he has consistently denied. As Nigeria battles to shed a reputation for corruption, this is the first ex-governor to be convicted for graft.
He was accused of owning multi-million dollar mansions in Nigeria and abroad and pleaded guilty to embezzlement and money laundering. Five other former governors are currently facing sundry charges of corruption, theft and money laundering in courts in Abuja and Lagos.