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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Illegal detention: Court orders DSS to release Ifeanyi Ubah unconditionally within 48 hours

Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Thursday ordered the unconditional release of the Chief Executive Officer of Capital Oil Limited, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, from the Department of State Services (DSS) custody.

Despite heavy downpour in Court, patriotic Nigerians and workers of Capital Oil and Gas defied the rain by trooping out en masse show support for Dr. Ubah.

While delivering his ruling on Thursday morning, Justice Idris held that Ubah’s detention without charge was illegal.
The judge directed the DSS to file a criminal charge against Ubah within 48 hours if it has a case against him or release him with no conditions attached.

“An order is hereby made, directing the 4th and 5th respondent being, the Director General of the State Security Service (SSS) and the Department of State Security Service (DSS) to within 48 hours of the judgement of the court in this action, initiate or institute a criminal action against the 1st applicant before a court of competent jurisdiction if he has committed any crime against the state,” said the judge.

“An order is hereby made, directing the, the Director General of the State Security Service (SSS) and the Department of State Security Service (DSS) to release the 1st applicant from detention unconditionally if no criminal action is instituted against him within 48 hours of this judgement,” said Justice Idris.

The judge also directed the Attorney General of the Federation to “ensure strict and due compliance of the judgement.”

Ubah has been in detention for weeks over allegations that he diverted petroleum products stored in his tank farm by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The court chided the DSS for lying on oath in a bid to justify Ubah's detention, describing the action as "unfortunate" while from every available evidence, he was arrested in Lagos and flown to Abuja, where he has been detained some weeks.

"Security agencies must understand that they are not instruments of debt recovery" Justice Idris held.

11 comments:

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Sean said...

the case against ubah is not what dss has made it to look like. FG is owing ubah money and because nnpc stored petroluem

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products in his facility he decided to sell some of it to recoup back his money.

daniel ubong said...

Tell them oooo,they are not instruments of dept recovery,u can say that again Oga.

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Nigerian Dailies said...

Let them release him with immediate effect

Ugwuobute Daniel Nnabuike said...

We're fighting kwaruption & in doing so,no respect for rule of law

ken christy said...

Abeg make them release Ifeanyi Uba

Zikko said...

The action of the Dss is pathetic.

Zikko said...

The action of the Dss is very pathetic.

Scontituz said...

It's unfortunate that the DSS and SSS are puppets of Buhari, they work according to the dictates of their master.

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