On Thursday, the Nigerian government and the United States signed a settlement for the restitution of $1 million in stolen funds from the late Deprieye Alamieyeseigha, a former governor of Bayelsa State.
In December 2005, the Bayelsa State House of Assembly removed Alamieyeseigha, who had served as governor since 1999, from office so he could stand prosecution.
Alamieyeseigha was detained in London in September 2005 on suspicion of corruption, but he managed to escape from custody and headed back to Nigeria. In October of 2015, he passed away.
Thanks to collaboration, funds connected to him in the US and the UK were also frozen.
The US ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, stated during the agreement’s signing on Thursday that the money will be used to pay for healthcare services in Bayelsa State.