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El-Rufai on Saturday had twitted “Once a scumbag, always a scumbag...those that know GEJ, his siblings and gang of thieves are neither shocked nor surprised by Alams' pardon!"
Lauretta Onochie with the twitter handle @Laurestar, wrote “ The leader of a nation who openly promotes the fertilisation and nurturing of corrupt practises is nothing less than a scumbag”
“If he (Jonathan) wanted to settle his political debt to Alamieyesigha, that should not be at the expense of the moral health of the country” PHOENIX Bukola with the handle @zebbook
“For many of us, this Alams' pardon means gloves are off in getting GEJ & his gang out before they destroy whatever is left of our humanity!” read another twit.
Abdul Mahmud Abdul Mahmud on twitter revealed that the memo on the grant of presidential pardon was raised by the Attorney-General, and that the president had written : "Approved; but not for armed robbers" on it.
Diepreye Alamieyeseigha was detained in London on charges of money laundering in September 2005. At the time of his arrest, Metropolitan police found about £1m in cash in his London home. Later they found a total of £1.8m ($3.2m) in cash and bank accounts. He has been found to own real estate in London worth an alleged £10 million. His state's monthly federal allocation for the last six years has been in the order of £32 million. He jumped bail in December 2005 from the United Kingdom by allegedly disguising himself as a woman, though Alamieyeseigha denies this claim.
On July 26, 2007, Alamieyeseigha pled guilty before a Nigerian court to six charges and was sentenced to two years in prison on each charge; however, because the sentences were set to run concurrently and the time was counted from the point of his arrest nearly two years before the sentences, his actual sentence was relatively short. Many of his assets were ordered to be forfeited to the Bayelsa state government. According to Alamieyeseigha, he only pled guilty due to his age and would have fought the charges had he been younger. On July 27, just hours after being taken to prison, he was released due to time already served.
In April 2009, Alamieyeseigha pledged a donation of 3,000,000 Naira to the Akassa Development Foundation.
In December 2009, the federal government hired a British law firm to help dispose of four expensive properties acquired by Alamieyeseigha in London. Alamieyeseigha had bought one of these properties for £1,750,000.00 in July 2003, paying in cash. Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha used it as his London residence, and as the registered office of Solomon and Peters Inc.
On June 28, 2012, the United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) announced that it had executed an asset forfeiture order on $401,931 in a Massachusetts brokerage fund, traceable to Alamieyeseigha. US prosecutors filed court papers in April 2011 targeting the Massachusetts brokerage fund and a $600,000 Maryland home, which they alleged were the proceeds of corruption. A motion for default judgement and civil forfeiture was granted by a Massachusetts federal district judge in early June 2012. The forfeiture order was the first to be made under the DoJ’s fledgling Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.