By OKECHUKWU PEACE
Speculations about the death of the late former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha has been laid to rest after the confirmation of his burial slated for March 24 and end on March 26.
According to The Nation, the delay in the burial was due to preparations for the state governorship election and lack of agreement between the state government and the deceased’s family.
The silence over his burial had led to speculations especially outside the Niger Delta region that Alamieyeseigha’s death might have been faked to stop his extradition to Britain on corruption charges.
But Major Graham Naingba (rtd), the first cousin of the deceased and Traditional Ruler of Amassoma, Alamieyeseigha’s community in Southern Ijaw local government area of the state, said the death was not faked.
He said: “Alamieyeseigha is truly dead. I have heard people who claimed that he faked his death. It is not true. In Ogboin community, we don’t fake our death.
“If anybody claims that he is dead and he eventually comes back, the person cannot live for more than three months. It is our tradition. If you fake your death, you are gone because you cannot live again.
“Even if the whole world says he is not dead, I the traditional ruler of this community will tell you that he is dead.”