A Lagos state Federal High court judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, has ordered for the release of the Managing Director of Capital Oil and Gas, Ifeanyi Ubah in less than 48 hours if no criminal action is filed against him by the DSS.
“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.
He further declared that “An order is hereby made, directing 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.”
The judge also directed the Attorney General of the Federation to “ensure strict and due compliance of the judgement.”
UBAH’S Lawyers and supporters outside the court house on
Ifeanyi Ubah had earlier been arrested over an alleged oil deal with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
Ubah, who has been in custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, since May 6, is being accused by NNPC of allegedly diverting 84,891,730 litres of Premium Motor Spirit valued at N11,144,586,314.40. The petroleum products were stored by NNPC Retail in Capital Oil’s tank farm in Lagos by agreement but went missing under suspicious conditions, causing NNPC to raise an alarm that led to the subsequent arrest of Ifeanyi Ubah.
It was also previously alleged that Mr. Ubah engaged in other activities inimical to national security and public order. The DSS claimed that the businessman has incited members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers to refuse/stop the lifting of petroleum products. This, it said, Mr. Ubah did to undermine the Federal Government.