I was just going through news headlines on Google News, and four headlines jumped at me:
- Pilot who flew in Alamieyeseigha arrested – Daily Sun
- Alamieyeseigha Goes Underground, State Radio Shut – AllAfrica.com
- Police shut down Bayelsa radio station – Nigeria Daily Independent
- Bayelsa radio shut * As Senate backs Alam’s removal – Vanguard
According to the Daily Sun, “Daily Sun authoritatively learnt that the governor came into the country aboard a chartered plane belonging to Kings Airlines, which was flown by one Captain Mobi, with Captain Toyin as the co-pilot.
Captain Mobi was last Sunday arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), following a report by the owners of Kings Airlines that Alamieyeseigha returned to the country aboard their plane.”
Another twist to this whole saga that is gradually being brought in is the fact that the little-known kings Airline air-lifted Gov. Diepreye Alamieyeseigha from Cote d’Ivoire. I am yet to come across information on how he got to Cote d’Ivoire. This Day reports “Paid Kings Airline $12,000 to evacuate a sick person from Cote d’Ivoire”. The ‘sick person’ obviously turned out to be Diepreye Alamieyeseigha who arrived Nigeria on the night of November 20, 2005.
This Day reports “Sensing trouble, the airline management was said to have contacted the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) and EFCC to report what had transpired.
But details of how the governor got to the neighbouring West African country remained a mystery even as there were indications that he left London by train for France disguising as a woman, from where he connected an Air Afrique flight to Cote d’Ivoire.”
I thought it was Cameroon. Now its Cote d’Ivoire.
BBC has also been reporting all day on their World Service that the governor has been taken to court by the Federal government of Nigeria.
Interesting events indeed. I’m watching, as more about this saga unfolds.