SOME activists operating
under the aegis of South
East Revival Group, SERG,
yesterday called on the Acting
President Yemi Osinbajo
to immediately order the
Department of State Services,
DSS, to free the Managing
Director of Capital Oil and Gas
Limited, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi
Ubah.
While strongly condemning
his arrest and continued
incarceration by the Service,
the group in a statement
signed its Convener and
National Coordinator, Chief
Willy Ezugwu, described what
transpired between Capital
Oil and NNPC as purely
commercial transaction that is
being needlessly criminalized.
Parts of the statement read:
“There is no reason why
Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah should
be humiliated in a purely commercial dispute.
“The DSS claimed that he
was arrested and detained over
his refusal to remit N11 billion
realised from sales of petroleum
products stored in his facility
by the Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation
(NNPC) and that he was
engaging in acts inimical to
national security and inciting
members of the Petroleum
Tanker Drivers Union to stop
lifting petroleum products
so as to cripple the economy
and cause untold hardship to
Nigerians.
“For the record, Ifeanyi Ubah’s
Capital Oil has storage facilities
for over 40 percent of Nigeria’s
daily fuel consumption. So, it is
laughable for the DSS to accuse
Dr Ubah of engaging in acts
inimical to national security
and inciting members of the
Petroleum Tanker Drivers
Union to stop lifting petroleum
products so as to cripple the economy and cause untold
hardship to Nigerians when the
same man assisted the present
government to end fuel scarcity
and economic sabotage less
than two years ago.
“If Ifeanyi Ubah single
handedly ended the fuel
scarcity that was inherited by
the President Muhammadu
Buhari administration before
the government removed petrol
subsidy, it is even more comical
to accuse him of inciting tanker
drivers union to stop lifting
petroleum products.
“Ifeanyi Ubah has shown
patriotism and love for the
suffering masses of the country
by his several interventions that
brought petroleum products
scarcity to an end.
“We are all living witnesses
that at different critical times,
Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah intervened
to end scarcity of Kerosene,
especially in the Northern parts
of the country. How else can a man show patriotism to his
fatherland?
“What the DSS should
know is that Nigeria is
under democracy and the
fundamental human rights
of all citizens to freedom of
association and movement
must be guaranteed at all
time.
“If the DSS believes that Dr.
Ifeanyi Ubah committed any
crime against the State, he
should be charged to court
forthwith. The DSS cannot be
a Judge in its own case.
“We therefore call on
Acting President, Prof Yemi
Osinbajo, to immediately
order Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah’s
unconditional release as his
continued detention without
trial is making us a laughing
stock among the comity of
nations. It is even worse when
the DSS refused to produce
the accused person in court”,
the SERG stated.


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