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Nigeria to Return Bail-Jumping Governor to Britain


Nigeria's president says a former state governor accused of corruption will be sent back to Britain to face money-laundering charges.

President Olusegun Obasanjo spoke Saturday, one day after federal security forces arrested former Bayelsa state governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

The Bayelsa state legislature voted to impeach the governor earlier Friday, stripping him of his immunity from prosecution.

The former governor was arrested on a visit to Britain in September and charged with laundering more than $3 million in stolen government funds. He skipped bail and fled Britain last month.

President Obasanjo said that as a member of the international police force Interpol, Nigeria would take the appropriate action on this matter as required by British authorities.

A lawyer for Mr. Alamieyeseigha told VOA on Friday that the former governor will challenge both the impeachment and his arrest.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.

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