The internet and the social media, which is producing many “self publishers”, gave a vast coverage to the pardon. Governments use state pardons to restore rights of citizens who could have been suspended as a result of crimes against the state as confirmed by the verdicts of courts of competent jurisdiction. Most countries of the world provide for presidential or state pardons under the concept of prerogative of mercy. They are never less controversial even in those jurisdictions.
THE state pardon granted DSP Alamieyeseigha, the first elected governor of Bayelsa State, confirms that In Nigeria anything goes. Section 175 of the Constitution of the 1999 provides for the prerogative of mercy. It stipulates that the President can pardon those who commit certain offences on the advice of the Council of State. Such reprieve might entail partial or total restoration of privileges and rights suspended by virtue of the conviction.
Alamieyeseigha was convicted for stealing and laundering public funds, dressed like a woman and jumped bail in the UK. Impeached from office as executive governor, tried, pleaded guilty and jailed. This stolen funds was the people’s funds he acquired properties in millions of dollars and these properties where from the proceeds of the crime. The circumstances here is the President Goodluck Jonathan and Alamieyeseigha are from the same ethnic stock, and share a huge political interest their relationship goes beyond, being on the same gubernatorial ticket, but proceed beyond the present, its the 2015 interest, GEJ needs to hold ground in the Niger delta as he is already loosing grounds at the moment, and there no better person to handle this than to prepare Alams”
Let’s not forget DSP Alamieyeseigha’s unsolved pending cases in England from which he jumped bail is a clear eveidence of what this rogue politicians are capable of and how Nigeria accommodate injustice, ie. Do we remember Joshua Chibi Dariye, who as Governor of Plateau State jumped bail in England, who is still under prosecution for corruption? He sits in the Senate, making laws, including ones against corruption. There is no outrage about him; maybe he has not been convicted.
GEJ’s handling of the executive pardon, from the denials to the confirmation, turning blind eye, is possibly the biggest indictment of his administration its a decision that has left many Nigerians wondering where does government stand on corruption.
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