Yenagoa, capital city of Bayelsa State was temporarily shut Friday as the late former Governor of the state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha journeyed to his final resting place.
All activities, including businesses, commercial institutions, government agencies and parastatals paid respect to the ‘Ijaw Genaral’ by shutting their doors to business activities.
Popularly referred to as the Governor-General of the Niger Delta, Alamieyeseigha died of complications arising from high blood pressure and diabetes which affected his kidney, October 10, 2015.
He had chronic kidney disease which was aggravated by the sudden rise in his blood pressure and the long diabetics,
Alamieyeseigha was the first Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, serving between 1999 and 2005 when he was impeached.
His impeachment followed his escape from London in order to evade justice after he was accused of money laundering.
He was, however, later prosecuted in Nigeria, convicted and jailed for corrupt practices.
But he was granted presidential pardon by his political godson and former President, Goodluck Jonathan.
The pardon was a daring move as it came just about same time the United Kingdom requested his extradition in 2013.
Few days before his death, there were reports that the UK government had requested Nigeria to extradite Alamieyeseigha to London for trial over allegations of money laundering.
At about 12 pm Friday, an ambulance carrying the remains of the late Ijaw icon touched the soil of Bayelsa from the mortuary in Port Harcourt, Rivets State.
The ambulance was accompanied by convoy of vehicles of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Worldwide, led by its President, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, who added colour to the solemn ceremony.
The youths who bore banners and emblems of Ijaw struggle sang and danced as the white casket draped in Ijaw flag and decorated with bouquets of flowers arrived the Executive Chambers of the Banquet Hall, Yenagoa.
It was taken to a podium at the center of the hall where Governor Seriake Dickson held a valedictory session in the honour of the late Ijaw icon.
Though there was no lying in state for the late hero, his remains were expected to be taken to his expansive compound in his community in Amassoma where a wake had been arranged before his final burial on Saturday.
On Thursday night tributes poured in for the late Ijaw leader by other Ijaw living heroes including former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Jonathan, who narrated how the late Alamieyeseigha brought him to political limelight, said the late hero believed in the oneness of the Ijaw nation.
Referring to him as his boss, Jonathan said the man famously called Alamco left the stage when the ovation was the loudest.
The former President said the late former Governor would be missed by not only the Ijaw nation but the entire Niger Delta.