Former Bayelsa State governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, is dead.
The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information, Esueme Dan-Kikili, confirmed to Channels TV that the former governor died of cardiac arrest on Saturday.
He said the former governor slipped into a coma two days ago and was placed on life support.
There were reports during the week that the British Government was determined to resurrect an outstanding case of money laundering against the former governor and had requested for his extradition to London.
Alamieyeseigha, who was facing money laundering charges, jumped bail and returned to Nigeria and has since then refused to answer summons for trial to continue.
Alamieyeseigha was born on November 16, 1952 in Amassoma, Ogboin North Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.
He attended the Bishop Dimeari Grammar School, Yenagoa. He joined the Nigerian Defence Academy as a Cadet Officer in 1974, then joined the Nigerian Air Force, where he served in the department of Logistics and Supply.