- These are not the best of times for the chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Ltd, Ifeanyi Ubah
- The Department of State Security (DSS) has approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to detain Ubah for another 14 days
- The DSS seeks to detain Ubah pending the completion of its investigation
The DSS has approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to detain the chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Ifeanyi Ubah for another 14 days, Premium Times reports.
According to Ubah's lawyer, Ifeoma Esom, the DSS seeks to detain Ubah pending the completion of its investigation.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Lagos division of the Federal High Court had, on Tuesday, May 8, ordered the DSS to produce Ubah in court today, Friday, May 12.
At the resumed hearing, Ubah’s lawyer told the court that “the applicant has not been produced, rather we were served this morning with a notice of preliminary objection and a counter affidavit to the application itself being filed yesterday.”
He added: “After your lordship’s order on the 9th of May, 2017, the 4th and 5th respondents went before the FCT High Court on the 10th of May and obtained an order to detain him for 14 days in other to complete their purported investigation.”
In his ruling, Justice Mohammed Idris said he would act with “great caution” on the matter.
His words: “I will not make an order for the release of the applicant pending the completion of the 14 days.”
The judge however adjourned till Thursday, May 18, for continuation of the matter.
The DSS had arrested Ubah over allegations of economic sabotage and diversion of petroleum products to the tune of N11 billion.
In a statement issued on Saturday, May 6, by its spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, the DSS said the oil magnate was in its custody over his alleged engagements in acts which the secret police described as inimical to national security.
Meanwhile, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has condemned the DSS over the arrest and detention of Ubah.
Fayose lamented that: “The DSS is becoming law unto itself and dragging Nigeria back to 1984 when Decree 2 was used by the National Security Organisation (NSO) to dump Nigerians in detention without trial under flimsy excuses.”
Watch the video below of a family lamenting to NAIJ.com about the DSS locking up their relative.