Alams'son killed in Dubai, Jonathan mourns

By The Citizen

Oyamuyefa, son of a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, has been killed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The deceased, popularly known as Oyoms, was killed on Saturday in the Middle East country.

The deceased's father, who confirmed this to one of our correspondents, said, 'He was killed in Dubai.'

The reason for Oyoms' killing has yet to be established, but family sources alleged on Monday that the deceased was assassinated.

Two different versions have been given concerning where the former governor's son was killed.

The first version, one of our correspondents learnt, was that Oyoms was found dead by the staircase of his father's house in Dubai.

However, the second version alleged that the deceased's body was found in his hotel room in Dubai, giving the impression that he might have been assassinated.

It could not be established whether Oyom's father had travelled to Dubai to take possession of his son's remains.

Indication that he might not have travelled out of the country emerged when he responded to a text message sent to his mobile phone on Monday by 12noon by one of our correspondents.

It was later learnt at about 2pm that the bereaved father had left for Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, in company with one of his sons to probably board a flight to Dubai.

However, as of the time of filing this report, the circumstances leading to Oyom's death remained sketchy.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday said he received with shock and sadness the news of the death of Alamieyeseigha's son.

He said he and his wife, Patience, shared in the grief of the deceased's family.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President pledged the support of the Federal Government as the family strive to unravel the circumstances surrounding their son's death.

The statement read, 'On behalf of his family and the Federal Government, President Jonathan extends heartfelt condolences to Oyamuyefa's father, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and his entire family on the untimely loss of a very dear son in the prime of his life.

'The President and the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, share their pain and grief over the death of Oyamuyefa in circumstances that are still unclear.

'President Jonathan assures Chief Alamieyeseigha and his family of the full support of the Federal Government as they strive to unravel the true circumstances of the young man's death.

'He prays that God Almighty will receive Oyamuyefa's soul and comfort his grieving parents and siblings.' Punch