Two Nigerian Senators Tried To Protect Alamieyeseigha’s Property In The US

Edo Senators Domingo Alaba Obende and Ehigie Obahor Uzamere
By SaharaReporters, New York

As the controversy rages over the state pardon granted to former Governor Diepreye Solomon Peters Alamieyeseigha, SaharaReporters has learned from US court records that two sitting Nigerian senators are implicated in legal efforts to safeguard the former governor’s property in the US from forfeiture proceedings.

The US Federal Court for the District of Maryland rejected a claim filed by Senator Ehigie Uzamere (PDP, Edo South) to avert the forfeiture of a real estate property located in the state of Maryland and allegedly bought with “proceeds of illegal activities” by Solomon & Peters Limited, a company whose ownership had been traced to Alamieyeseigha

The property is located at 504 Pleasant Drive, King Farm Estate, Rockville; Montgomery County, an upscale part of Maryland. The property was subjected to forfeiture through civil proceedings initiated by US Justice Department’s initiative against kleptocratic practices. On March 17, 2011, the US government, acting as a plaintiff, filed a complaint for forfeiture against the property naming Mr. Alamieyeseigha’s front company, Solomon & Peter Limited, as the owner.

But in a counter claim, Mr. Uzamere sought to claim ownership of the property. In court papers obtained by SaharaReporters, he described himself as a “distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” and “a Knight of the Anglican Church Communion.” Represented by Chidi Onukwugha, a Nigerian-born attorney of Onukwugha & Onwezi, LLC, Baltimore, Maryland, Senator Uzamere filed a motion claiming that the property actually belonged to him.

In his motion, Mr. Uzamere stated that he lent some money to the former governor of Bayelsa State to purchase the property. He added that the loan was in default, and argued that the property therefore should duly revert to him.  

The forfeiture case was titled United State of America v. Real Property Titled in the name of Solomon & Peter Ltd, Case No.: 11-cv-00662 and was filed on March 17, 2011. The case file revealed that the property was allegedly acquired with funds acquired from money laundering. It also stated that the former governor was involved in a conspiracy to conceal or disguise the proceeds of bribery, misappropriation, theft, and embezzlement committed against Nigeria.  

More specifically, the US government alleged that Mr. Alamieyeseigha used Domingo Alaba Obende, also a Nigerian senator representing Edo North on the platform of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), to acquire the property. The property was later transferred to Solomon & Peters, a shell corporation controlled by Mr. Alamieyeseigha. The former governor had formerly entered a guilty plea to charges of money laundering in Nigeria on behalf of the corporation.

But facing forfeiture of the house in the US, Mr. Alamieyeseigha and the senator filed counter claims in a dramatic move to retain the property.   

On July 1, 2012, the court ruled that Senator Uzamere lacked standing to contest the forfeiture. The court reasoned that the senator failed to file the claim within the required 35 days of service, which was served on him in Nigeria on November 17, 2011. Mr. Uzamere had filed his claim on January 21, 2012 instead of December 22, 2011.

Although the court is yet to rule on Mr. Alamieyeseigha’s claim, there are already indications that the claim is likely to fail as well. According to the US, Mr. Alamieyeseigha’s statements in the claim are inconsistent with records of his prosecution in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. In those records, the former governor of Bayelsa denied the ownership of any property in the US. He also did not declare the property in his assets declarations.  

Mr. Alamieyeseigha is not claiming to own the property. Instead, he is contending that the property belongs to Senator Uzamere who had loaned him the money to purchase it. “We’re confident that we can persuade the judge that this is all part of a conspiracy by a convicted governor to save a property he illegally acquired,” a Justice Department attorney told SaharaReporters.

The forfeiture proceedings have been put on a mutual stay to allow the court to rule on Mr. Alamieyeseigha’s claim.  

A Nigerian lawyer resident in the US said it was unclear if the pardon granted to Mr. Alamieyeseigha last week would affect the course of the court proceedings. “Perhaps that was why the US government issued a strong condemnation of the pardon granted to the former governor,” she said. But our source at the US Department of Justice told SaharaReporters that the Jonathan administration’s decision to pardon Mr. Alamieyeseigha would have no bearing whatsoever on the outcome of the case. “It’s immaterial that the Nigerian government has pardoned a man who used the proceeds of money laundering to purchase real estate property within our jurisdiction,” said the attorney.

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SAHARA REPORTERS,YOU OWE IT TO THE PUBLIC TO SIFT THROUGH COMMENTS MADE ON YOUR PAGES AND PROTECT US FROM THE EVER ESCALATING HALF-EDUCATED IDIOCY WE READ EVERYDAY.
THE QUANTUM OF ABUSIVE AND ILL-INFORMED COMMENTS THAT FOLLOW YOUR WRITE-UPS IS ENOUGH TO START A SECOND NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR!
THIS ISN'T FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION;ITS A THREAT TO NATIONAL UNITY....THOUGH I NOTICED YOU ARE GRADUALLY WORKING ON IT.

@ Deri : SaharaReporters are fair and Equitable

@ Deri :
Mumu, since you admitted to being paid by "The Presidency" in Sonola's column (which we've also known all along), did you expect to have a free reign of posting multiple comments insulting The Tripod and everybody in-between? Fool, they have your IP address, changing names and captions only makes you silly in their eyes. Everyone has been sanctioned including me. I've had "iconic comments" pulled from circulation and I did not shed any tears. Be a man! Gulp down more "O-juice" and I'm sure you'll get over it. Clown!

@ SR : no min'am, una do well dooh! Say 'No' to Crumb-catchers! Add thugs like Ken Mani, Otile, Akpos1&2, Oleku and the OC clown, let's weed-out the chaff from the cream-of-the-crop. This site is for serious deliberation of issues with national implications, meant for erudite minds, not touts. Henceforth, I propose: One Man, One Comment !!!

shameless and fraudstar senators from Edo state

I appeal to the US government to get senator Uzamere arrested for trying to defraud their government. Without any daubt in my mind, the house in question belong to ex corrupt governor Solomon peters Alamieyeseigha.What a shameless senators.

Nigerians should not mind

Nigerians should not mind sahara reporters they are bent on fabricating lies to destroy the image of our great nation they don't publish the comments from the ss/se people they only publish the comment of western nigeria who likes insulting our great presidents action always. There is nothing our president does that pleases the western nigeria just because he refused to follow the footsteps of their so called baba (obj)

BREAKING NEWS PDP WINS ALL COUNCIL POLLS IN ABUJA

apc/cpc/anpp/apga all dead on arrival,come 2015 pdp will trash all these apc/acn almajiri/bokoharam party

those without shame shouldnt be sent out to public places

theres a saying in place place which the senators who happen to come from my locality should be knowledgeable about and it says 'YOU DO NOT SEND A SHAMELESS PERSON TO A MARKET' hence he/she brings disgrace to the family. This so called distinguished senators who in one way or the other have had dealings with the Convict a
Alamamiesieha have sworn loyalty to defend him failing to realise they serve a greater cause. well i trust the US been a country governed by rule of law to do what they do best and investigate the matter and if found guilty jail them there and not extraditing them back here. long live the united states of America and long live Nigeria

Re: Thief Senators.....

Mr Anonymous, it looks like you are from another planet. Nobody accused Pope Benedict XVI of any corruption. He resigned for health reasons. Or must he die on the throne? For your self-serving reason, you and people of your type will bring the Catholic Church to your lousy discussion. Shame on you!

re-thief senator

my friend, you said when pope was accussed of corruption he resigned. may I know which pope is that? or are you misinformed?

The Bishop of Aborigines & Uzamere Committed Perjury...

...and will be arrested if they ever set their oily feet on US soil. From Mass Servers to Bishops; First Lady to Oyel Lady, nobody comes clean from the aborigine enclaves of Naija Delta. Nobody! Their Ogidigborigbo has his Throne in a UK jail while Alams and Uduaghan are wanted by other UK Courts; Pastor Orijuafor, Bishops, Senators and Acolytes like the Odontos and Orontos; with thugs like Asari, Tompolo, Ateke and so on ...we are watering stone with the creek crooks. They're worse than animals. My "solution" remains the most viable: Aborigines must be gathered and Deported to the plantations of Papua New Guinea! Because: Aborigine Education is Contaminated Education, therefore, it's a waste of our commonwealth washing wild pigs with projects like Amnesty Programme, NDDC, Naija Delta Ministry and so on. A drunk only worries about the next bottle. Aborgines are Drunks, we have to move on without them. Animals!

presidential pardon

Frau, why are you screaming so loud. We can hear you.

Sad & Shameful.

The truth is there is absolutely nothing positive to say about Nigeria and this is stating the facts without been biased.The entire country and system stinks of corruption and mediocrity on a scale you could never have imagined and it is very sad indeed.

@ But Sahara Reporters, I

I'am really surprised that you may be blaming this Sahara Reporters who has great feelings for this Country and the Citizens. Are you not sad with the situation of things and how poverty is killing the masses, because of corruption from the few. May be you are one of the looters. It is a shame to see our Country in this situations. Never i repeat never you ever blame this media again. We are praying for Nigeria glory not to sink, but the selfish people don't care because they are in power. Have you all forgotten that God is Power. He is all in all. You better stop all these rubbish before it will be too late for you and your entire house-hold.

For the records Senator

For the records Senator Uzamere is an ACN senator and would soon be a member of the so called coming to save Nigeria coalition party that are merging. Rubbish.

Senator Uzamere recently bought a property in Atlanta.

Senator Uzamere recently bought a property in Atlanta. He, his wife and Domingo Alaba Obende are Mr. Alamieyeseigha’s launderers.

The issue is that even if

The issue is that even if Sahara Reporters is working for the opposition which we all know, why delete comments that are not favorable to them? That is the matter at stake right now-have they not carried this story b4? That the USA wants to sell off his properties-have the USA government sold the ones owned by atiku which he used money from the PTF to purchase and hire a university in the USA to do feasibility studies for his university? Where is atikus money coming from? What about Orji Kalu-one law for ijaws anoda for the rest of Nigeria--my comments are being deleted as if they are balls of akara-they abuse GEJ at will but when u return it to them--they tag it tribalism-where are the 33 governors who stole like Alams--jonah pardon dem for us if u find them--animals

NEITHER THE US NOR BILL CLINTON HAS ANY MORAL RIGHT TO COMMENT

Nigerians sometimes have lost the sense of pride. One therefore can understand why the US comments about State Pardon granted to former Governor Diepreye Solomon Peters Alamieyeseigha. Not too long, the world saw Former President G. Bush Senior granting State Pardon to the member so of the White house team that were implicated and directed involved in Iran/Contra. Also Bill Clinton in his last minutes in the White house, committed another inexcusable Pardon to his family longtime friend who was also involve and was seriously implicated in the land gate scandal. Surprisingly the same US and even Bill Clinton made comments to the pardon granted in Nigeria. What a shame to see some of these Nigerians celebrating that US made such stupid comments. Unfortunately the same US nor Bill Clinton never commented on the senseless massacres of the Ibos and Christians by the Boko haram in the North but they were quick to attack other nations for killing their own people.... hypocrisy

NEITHER THE US NOR BILL CLINTON HAS ANY MORAL RIGHT TO COMMENT

Nigerians sometimes have lost the sense of pride. One therefore can understand why the US comments about State Pardon granted to former Governor Diepreye Solomon Peters Alamieyeseigha. Not too long, the world saw Former President G. Bush Senior granting State Pardon to the member so of the White house team that were implicated and directed involved in Iran/Contra. Also Bill Clinton in his last minutes in the White house, committed another inexcusable Pardon to his family longtime friend who was also involve and was seriously implicated in the land gate scandal. Surprisingly the same US and even Bill Clinton made comments to the pardon granted in Nigeria. What a shame to see some of these Nigerians celebrating that US made such stupid comments. Unfortunately the same US nor Bill Clinton never commented on the senseless massacres of the Ibos and Christians by the Boko haram in the North but they were quick to attack other nations for killing their own people.... hypocrisy

TWO SENATORS TRIED TO PROTECT...

MR. "I HARDLY SEE ANY POSITIVE NEWS ON YOUR SITE ABOUT NIGERIA." THAT IS BECAUSE THERE IS NO POSITIVE NEWS COMING OUT OF NIGERIA TO REPORT. IN NIGERIA, EVERY MOMENT POURS OUT A NEW TALE OF SORROW, IF WE RECOUNT WHAT HAPPENED AN HOUR AGO WE ARE LAUGHED AT AS BRINGERS OF STALE OR OLD NEWS TO PARAPHRASE MACBETH. THAT IS, AFTER A SAD NEWS OF 60 MINUTES AGO, 59 OTHER WORSE NEWS HAVE TAKEN PLACE. MAY GOD HELP NIGERIA.

BOTH SENATORS ARE ACN SENATORS, UZAMERE IS ACN, PDP

Both Senators are members of the ACN, not PDP as Sahara Reporters erroneously reported.

what tha deuce?

Can anything good come from the creeks? Just asking sha. Deri has been paid from the proceeds of this

SOME NIGERIANS ARE MAGGOTS!

That is life! When some want to eat from legal earning some preferred to eat the defecation of those that have eaten from illegal. Not only the Nigerian senators some Nigerian masses who have no chance to eat quota of what the corrupt leaders are eating are using internet to support those leaders. They're ethno-religious maggots of the defecation of those filthy animals. The ethno-religious vultures are not ideological or truthful but quasi-racial elements who senselessly guard a criminal or culprit thinking that they are fighting a tribal holy war. They thought that thievery is an opportunity,therefore their actor in thieving world must grab something for them to accumulate before others come to take over.

OUR POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT STINKS TO HIGH HEAVENS.

The problem with Nigeria is identical with that of the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorra.It is almost impossible to spot one clean politician who does not indulge in the looting rampage,in fact once your credentials in looting has been established as a politician you stand more chances of hobnobbing with other members of the ruling looting elite and more chances of higher office appointments.
It is no more a secret that politics in Nigeria is all about looting,the problem is systemic and shame has been completely erased from the equation rather it is a thing of great "pride and joy" to flaunt ill-gotten lucre in the face of hapless commoners.
The Senators would have connived to help a fellow looter and that is quite normal as far as they are concerned,their loyalty lies with the looting elite not with the electorate or citizenry.Nigeria needs to purge the system,democracy is good but if it will take a compassionate Dictator to obtain Justice for the common Nigerian,so be it.

The incorruptable Western

The incorruptable Western judicial system has continued to help the masses of Nigeria to bring their corrupt ex-leaders to book, while the incorrigable Nigerian government continues to pay lip-service to fighting corruption, even as the government hobnobs shamelessly with such crooks.

Jonathan - The clueless President!!!

Jonathan is very clueless...just like...

Sahara Reporters. Why do u block the comments from the SS&SE pples & publish others? Craze pple.

Re.Two Nigerian Senators Tried To Protect Alamieyeseigha’s Prope

I suggest to the United States Government to ban those two lawbreakers from Edo state, who go by the title of "distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, from visiting their country.

second, the people of Edo State should mark those two political ruffians, especially the political prostitute Mr. Ehigie Uzamere,to deal with them with their votes come 2015.

presidential pardon - read today's gospel (stoning a prostitute)

ACN or APC WILL NEVER RULE NIGERIA IN THIS LIFE OR THE LIFE AFTER NEXT. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THEY ARE BENT ON RUBBISHING EVERY MODEST EFFORT MADE AND WOULD SIDE WITH ENEMIES TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE SECURITY OF THE COUNTRY. THE BEST ADVICE IS FOR THESE MESSENGERS OF DOOM TO AWARD CONTRACTS FOR THEIR GRAVES. DESPICABLE, DISGUSTING SOPHISTICATED IGNORAMUSES!

RIEN CHANGER!

these two senators will soon become members of APC the party that will replace PDP!
Like the French Say
"Rien changer" - 'nothing changes'

Thief Senators

Let Nigeria go up in flames. What are we waiting for? Let rise up against the president and his govt. He doesn't own this country. Nigeria belong to all. When Pope was accused of corruption, he resigned, and many office holders in many countries has also done same in many countries and resigned when accused of corrupt cases. That is because they fear the law and the people. But in Nigeria we are all looking like zombies while a few are carting away our monies. What a shame in the name of leadership. Even Ghanians cant take this from their public office holders.

Senators Trying To Cover Up For Alams

This is the handwork of shameless and corrupt President Jonathan. He is taking this far, but I pray that USA walk its talk and just say and then do otherwise. The Presidential Pardon Alamaiseyigha does not have to extended to USA or other foreign countries where he is being investigated. The law of those countries must take its course.

OKUPE OVER TO U AND ABATI TO DEFEND THIS

Let okupe and abalti go to the US and UK COURTS to defend their pay master. Only then we can take them serious

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