US CONDEMNS PARDON FOR ALAMIEYESEGHA, OTHERS

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Controversy has continued to trail Wednesday’s state pardon granted the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha and eight others with the United States of America yesterday joining the league of those opposed to the Federal Government’s action.

President Goodluck Jonathan who approved Alamieyeseigha’s pardon served as his deputy in office.

The US Embassy in Nigeria made the country’s position on Alamiesiegha’s pardon known on Twitter in Lagos yesterday, describing it as a setback to the fight against graft in the country.

“We see this as a setback in the fight against corruption,” Embassy spokeswoman Deb MacLean said.

In a press release Lagos based lawyer Bamidele Aturu described the pardon granted the former Bayelsa governor as an official jailbreak, adding that the civil society groups would do all in its power to show the whole world that those who claim to govern Nigerians are nothing but common crooks who deserve to be in jail..

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