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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

US Government seize home belonging to Alamieyeseigha in Maryland

The US government has seized a Rockville home belonging to former Bayelsa governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release last week Friday May 31.

Feds said they seized the home because the former governor bought the house using stolen state money. Alamieyeseigha was ordered to relinquish the $700,000 home on May 24, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Fedederal prosecutors claim Alamieyeseigha bought the Rockville property during his first term as governor “with funds obtained through corruption, abuse of office, money laundering and other violations of Nigerian and U.S. law.”

 
According to ICE, the title to the property was transferred to a shell corporation controlled by Alamieyeseigha.
Citing federal prosecutors, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Alamieyeseigha bought $8 million in properties around the globe with bribes he received while he was governor.
Alamieyeseigha, WSJ reported, denied the charges and offered a very different account than the Justice Department of how the house came into his possession. The article cites a 2011 affidavit in which Alamieyeseigha stated:
“I am not unaware of the monkey politics that is played in third world countries like Nigeria with the active connivance of over zealous individuals, agencies and government parastals (sic) touting themselves as global ethics compliance monitors. The civil forfeiture action which was brought against the defendant property in a quest to score cheap points as the global watchdog should be dismissed.”
Read The Wall Street Journal’s story here.
In a news release, Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman said the seizure was made possible through DOJ’s Kleptocracy Initiative.
“Foreign officials who think they can use the United States as a stash-house are sorely mistaken,” Raman said in the news release.
Alamieyeseigha pleaded guilty to money laundering and other charges in 2007 - two years after he was impeached - and was sentenced to two years in prison, The Gazette reported. He was pardoned by Nigeria’s president in March.

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86 comments:

Clz said...

Its about time!

mystic said...

Why are these people so cruel..eh?
God my these idiaaaatssss never go free. Wealth doesn't even fit his self. Mtcheeeeewwww!

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

Nice one US! At least show Nigeria how to deal with corrupt politicians, here in Nigeria we celebrate our leaders cupidity!

Milly GUO said...

I don't sympathize with him. Onye oshi mmuo.#Long hiss#

BLOGLORD said...

very good!

they will be stealing our money and buying houses abroad. enriching themselves while the masses suffer and a majority homeless.

See the U.S fighting crime and corruption by leaders while our very own President is granting same criminal presidential pardon.

Good! very good!

BONARIO NNAGS said...

way to go. wished others like him will suffer same fate.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

Anonymous said...

GEJ see your pardoned criminal.....u can run but you can't hide.

Dental news said...

Will be money be returned to federal government of Nigeria?
Pls we need it,I have many patients that can't afford treatment ,pls help the needy.

Anonymous said...

Jonah do you see y sef,America dey do your work.Idiot.

Anonymous said...

I throway salute give US government

Doing what EFCC couldn't do

Carry on!

Adekunle Kazeem said...

Good move, i don't know why Gej didn't seize all this man properties. He must be a thief as well. He act like such--------aid and abetting.

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ojoma A said...

Hahahaha (in a malificient voice) there is no peace for the wicked, they never go unpunished, do they?

ASA said...

The US Government is more corrupt just like their counterparts in other parts of the Western world. When this money was stolen and used to invest in their countries, they never questioned it. They only find ways to confiscate stolen Nigerian wealth and monies to build on their economy that is undergoing recession. Why can't they send the monies back to Nigeria if they are not interest in it? It is the same thing that happens in the UK and Switzerland. African leaders steal their countries' monies and transfer it to accounts in these countries. When these leaders are nabbed for corruption, these so called Western governments confiscate these monies and turn it to their own wealth. Yet they start preaching against corruption. Was it not through the connivance of some of the banks in their countries that these African leaders succeed in transferring stolen money to their countries?
NONSENSE. CORRUPT AFRICAN LEADERS, MAKE UNA LEARN OOOOO

Anonymous said...

If the nigerian govt cant do their jobs others will do it for them. A disgrace of a country plundering national property

↭PRINCE JOBLESS↭ said...

Haha! I trust the US. They don't take rubbish! Good job lads!!

Anonymous said...

Yet he was pardoned by our clueless Pre-siddon-look, Jonah. That's why Nigeria will not move forward period!!!

dj fx said...

GEJ's brother...

Apple said...

GREAT NEWS!

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Anonymous said...

Nw dats a country dt has zero tolerance for corruption!
De shld b kind enuf to dash me d house sha, am a very responsible nigerian. :-)

plenty money said...

Jonathan you better go and tell them the monkey government you run have granted him pardon and as such they should return the house back to your criminal mentor. yeye jona . The CEO of criminals

Raylah said...

Shame! Goodluck Jonathan is jst an embarassing he-goat... Falling our country's hand for nth... Smh

Anonymous said...

Na wa o, we wey he steal our money we dey pardon him while dem wey no b their moni dey still confiscate his property kai naija na wa o again

wemimo adesemoye said...

Well we know is stolen money from d nigeria acc...and he paid for d haus with d money...will dy refund naija d money? Or dash us d haus. .

somadina obi said...

Serves him Right..#Nemesis is a bitch!

iphie said...

good move.

chito jr said...

Next pls

moneymoney said...

He has money. Let him buy another apartment. #Rubbish#.






Anonymous said...

U.S government seizing a home in nigeria! :o
World power or what..?
Can the palestine or iraqi government seize a home in Dallas..?

Anonymous said...

with all the money he embezzled na rockville he dey buy house, cant even go buy house for mitchellville, bowie or make he proud make he go protomac he disappointed me menh

Anonymous said...

What is doing dis U.S people sef? Don't they know we have pardoned him? He is our son and we have forgiven him for his 'philantropic' gestures in the Niger Delta. They had better keep the money cos if they send it back here we will just hand it over back to him.

HighJ Udeh said...

soon we shall hear about "I had no shoes"awon to fi Biro gbewiri...

Anonymous said...

Why should they return the money to NIgeria? If you guys were so interested in the money, Our judiciary should have done the hard work. Now you are all expecting others to work and give the proceeds to lazy asses sitting on their backsides, afterall this same guy is a free man in Nigeria.

BABAA said...

de seizure won't affect him, since he has been pardoned, der is more money to steal, more bribes to be taken, more inflated contract money to be diverted, more foreign countries where he can disguise himself as a woman and enter to go and build his graveyard, den at de end of de day, his generation will suffer. VANITY UPON VANITY,

Gozie metto said...

they should sell the house and use the money for something very useful in bayelsa state like a repairing schools, building of clinics and etc.

Anonymous said...

Its Potomac o

BABAA said...

annon 11:39pm. Don't just comment 4 commenting sake, go through de story line b/4 u say what u dnt know

Anonymous said...

Shameless Leaders, good 4 him

Leo said...


Linda, for your attention... "US Government seizes (not SEIZE) home belonging to Alamieyeseigha in Maryland"

MYRAYA SAYS said...

Good!!!! Its been a long time coming...
MYRAYA

Anonymous said...

Eyaa illitrate ode! Go do ur research b4 coming to a blog to show ur ignorance, they don't keep d money but send it back to the country where it was stolen from. Wawa kawai

Anonymous said...

Maryland is in US. Thank me later!

Anonymous said...

with all the money he embezzled na rockville he dey buy house, cant even go buy house for mitchellville, bowie or make he proud make he go protomac he disappointed me menh

June 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM


Your clearly have no idea of real estate values in Rockville.....educate your selfmbeforemyou open your ignorant mouth.

You compare Mitchellville, Bowie to. Rockville......I dey laugh at your low class knowledge

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Anonymous said...

So that small ugly house costs $700,000. Even with stolen money you can't buy yourself a decent property? Shame on you!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Your level of illiteracy is overwhelming, go do your research properly before yarning stuffs you don't know.

hilary obiorah said...

Na our money he thief oh! No be America money so make them transfer the house or it's equivalent

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Anonymous said...

Mumu, maryland is in USA. Gosh, u re very local.

Anonymous said...

So JONA hv failed again?
Let him pardon his oga in crime the second time... SHAME!

Anonymous said...

Alams don't worry let US continue to seize your properties; Jonathan will continue to grant you state pardon. And by the way start compilling the $ and £ worth of all your properties seized all over the world as your brother is currently thinking of amnesty for you ALONE to compenciate you.

Anonymous said...

Milly..u look familiar
r u one of Onwa s daughter in law

Anonymous said...

But eemmm, US Govt, na our money for Naija naw... So do fast send our cash back to us, or which kind confiscate be dis!? Help us make e no enter your pocket o... #frownface

Anonymous said...

That house is the picture is definitely not $700,000.

PowehNg said...

Too long, learn how to summarize. Meanwhile what has your country done to stop this corrupt practices. Pardon right?

PowehNg said...

Too long, learn how to summarize. Meanwhile what has your country done to stop this corrupt practices. Pardon right?

Anonymous said...

@BLOGLORD- good of you to enlighten us that the ex governor is a thief but it is really because of readers like you that Nigeria is in a big mess in the first place- you prefer to curse leaders by tapping your fingers on a screen but you are not prepared to do the dirty job of matching out on a protest movement that could wake up young people, the poor and the unemployed. Do you hold your leaders to account?

Anonymous said...

@ASA: A fool and his money are soon parted. I am very sure that the western nations did not beg the African 'leaders' to steal their people's commonwealth and invest in obodo oyinbo. Western countries and even the eastern ones tend to take care of their own and protect their interests. While, we stupid black African nations tend to hate ourselves, steal from ourselves and carry our own wealth to go and enrich other countries and people. So, do not blame the oyinbos for looking out for themselves and watching us as we continue playing the fool. UNTIL we learn to love and care for ourselves, no one will respect us.

Chuck Frankie a.k.a De Darkhorse said...

The U.S on their own are thieves, if they don't send down the money equivalent of that house to the Nigerian Government.

Anonymous said...

Why r ur dpS so vulgar n dirty all d time?
OMOTENIOLA

Anonymous said...

That is the way a country tha wants to fight corruption should behave. Kudoos to American Government!!! Pls America should still check more of his likes from Nigeria, they have killed they fellow citizens.

Obinna Jonathan said...

Kudos to the US government. I hope Maina is listening.

pretty T said...

ASA God bless you for that opinion!!!! very sound. nigerians can be so sentimental and easily carried away. who is US fooling?? when he bought the house dint they know it was stolen funds??they are seriously using this means to develop their country and even Ghana has started employing this forfeiture technique. if only Nigerians would wake up and have stricter laws concerning foreigners,instead they wine and dine them re:the lebanese terrorist guys. rubbish!!

OlᵘwᵃDᵅᵐ!lᵒlᵃ said...

$8million yea??? And Salau stole 2.5million naira, naira oo, and he's been sentenced to 168 years imprisonment with hard labour being seven years for each count for a 24 count charge..
Nige fucking riaaaaaaa..

Anonymous said...

Sell the house and donate it to charity.

Anonymous said...

You are a joker.monkey dey work, baboon go chop

Anonymous said...

'What is doing dis U.S people sef? Don't they know we have pardoned him? He is our son and we have forgiven him for his 'philantropic' gestures in the Niger Delta. They had better keep the money cos if they send it back here we will just hand it over back to him.'

I want to believe the first half of that comment is tongue-in-cheek because who the hell is 'we' when you say 'we' have pardoned him? It's only GEJ that understands what he's doing inside Aso Rock. I pray he has a house in Somalia that their government can seize sef. Since our government is incompetent let every pure water government in the world show Nigeria how it's done *hiss*

chidi egesionu said...

Linda this is not a new story in this country, please lets hear of important people and forget about all this 419 people jorh!

Anonymous said...

This is one of the best news that I have ever read this month...What Nigeria cannot do, United State can do better!

e bonto said...

Our President shd make sure naija gvt collect d.noney worth of d propty period.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:17AM how many assets una own govt don fit seize for una own country?

Anonymous said...

No mind the clueless ppl saying the US better return the money to Naija...you sit down on ur dirty asses and expect to reap what u didn't sow..as if its not the same steal they'll steal the money if its returned to Nigeria...nonsense

Anonymous said...

Double gbam!!...in fact I dash u jara, gbam!

oma khalifa said...

Good fr him

Anonymous said...

Did they question him when he was bringing the money? Guess they were happy!If the USA are not partners in crime, they should return the money back to NIgeria.

Anonymous said...

Did they question him when he was bringing the money? Guess they were happy!If the USA are not partners in crime, they should return the money back to NIgeria.

Anonymous said...

they should go to dubai oooo!!!!! that is where the houses are!!!! these people ehn its only God that will punish them!!! politicians are devil incarnates. sadly they are a reflection of the average nigerian so even if they go will we have people of integrity to take over?

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Talking trash...rockville is very elite neighbourhood o...bowie ke??

Oyindamola Oluyombo said...

ok we get it dey have seized th property. R dey returning the money for the purchase to us in Nigeria or what? A lot of questions really, who will take ownership of the house? would dey sell the house and give us back our money. Don't let anyone come here and 'bobo' us o that they are watching out for us.

Anonymous said...

Pls sell the property and use the proceeds to develop the already developed United State of America.....Cos the said bible said for therefore shall a man leaves his Father's House(Nigeria)and be cling to his wife(America).....and spend the rest of his life....I'm coming over to the US soon....don't belong here..how can a convicted suddenly become a free man...

Anonymous said...

The worth of the house should be returned back to Nigeria bcos if they seize it, it makes no difference

Anonymous said...

Everybody tryna talk like they know shit...protomac ko...ode

Anonymous said...

Only him? others nko?

Milly GUO said...

Nope