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DSS: Why we are detaining Ifeanyi Ubah

The Department of State Service said in Abuja on Saturday, that oil magnate, Cheif Ifeanyi is in its custody.
It said that Ubah, who has questioned some weeks ago, was again arrested on Friday over his alleged engagements in acts which the security outfit described as inimical to national security.
The DSS stated this in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mr. Tony Opuiyo, in Abuja on Saturday.

Ubah, who is the managing director of Capital Oil and Gas Limited, was accused of stealing, diversion and illegal sale of petroleum products stored in his tank farm by the Nigeria Petroleum Products Corporation.

Opuiyo put the cost of the oil at more than N11bn, adding that such acts were impacting negatively on the national economy.

He said that the arrest and the detention of Ubah was sequel to the power giving the DSS to investigate economic crimes of national secure dimension.

The statement said, “In line with the statutory mandate of the DSS to investigate economic crimes of national security dimension, the Service, on May 5, 2017, arrested Ifeanyi Ubah, Managing Director of Capital Oil and Gas Limited.

“The arrest was sequel to UBAH’s engagement in acts of economic sabotage which include stealing, diversion and illegal sale of petroleum products stored in his tank farm by the Nigeria NNPC.

“So far, it has been established that the products stolen amount to over Eleven Billion Naira (N11bn). There is no doubt that UBAH’s acts have the capacity to negatively impact on national economy.”

He added that Ubah had further engaged in other activities which he said were initial to national security and public order.

For example, the oil magnate was accused of inciting members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers to embark on strike because of his (Ubah’s) investigation by the DSS.

Opuiyo said that this was part of the plans by the detained businessman to curry the favour of the public and force the government from going on with the recovery of the funds in his care.

The statement said, “It is instructive to note that UBAH has further engaged in other activities inimical to national security and public order. In furtherance of his gimmicks to undermine the government and people of Nigeria, he has incited members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, a critical player in the downstream sub-sector of the Petroleum Industry, to refuse/stop the lifting of products.

“This is part of his plans to curry their sentiments and cause them to embark on strike and also stage protests in his favour with the ulterior motive of arm-twisting the NNPC to abandon the cause of recovering the stolen products.

“The implications of this on law and order is, in fact, a common knowledge. It is consequent upon this that the Service arrested and will prosecute him forthwith.”

Opuiyo assures that public that the service would collaborate with appropriate agencies to ensure that mischievous activities of any person or group(s) to engage in illegal activities will not affect the effective distribution of products across the country.

He added that the service would also support such agencies to bring to book individuals or companies involved in any criminal act that undermines the nation’s economy.

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