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

Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Thursday ordered the absolute release of the Chief Executive Officer of Capital Oil Limited, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, from the Department of State Services (DSS) custody. Despite heavy brash 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 authoritative on Thursday morning, Justice Idris held that Ubah’s blockage 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 per made, bureaucratic the 4th and 5th echoing being, the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS) and the Department of State Security Service (DSS) to within 48 hours of the censure of the cCourtin this action, apprentice or breed a criminal action against the 1st applicant before a court of adept accountability if he has committed any crime against the state,” said the judge.

“An order is per made, bureaucratic the, the Director General of the State Security Service (SSS) and the Department of State Security Service (DSS) to release the 1st applicant from blockage completely 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 arbitrary and due accommodation of the judgement.”

Ubah has been in blockage for weeks over allegations that he diverted crude products accumulated in his arsenal farm by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The court chided the DSS for lying on assurance in a bargain to acquit 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. 

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