Five Weeks Later, Ifeanyi Ubah Regains Freedom


The Department of State Services (DSS) has released Ifeanyi Ubah, Managing Director of Capital Oil and Gas Limited, after keeping him in detention for more than five weeks.

The DSS had arrested Ubah over alleged diversion of petroleum products worth N11bn adding that he “undermined national security and public order” through his conduct.

The businessman, however, filed a lawsuit against the security agency for detaining him “unlawfully‎”.

Two federal high courts had made contradictory orders on the detention of Ubah.

Mohammed Idris, the presiding judge of a Federal High Court in Lagos ordered the DSS to release Ubah “unconditionally within 48 hours”.

Shortly after, Yusuf Halilu, the presiding judge of a Federal High Court in Abuja, in another ruling, gave the agency a go-ahead to detain him for another 14 days following an ex-parte application filed by the DSS.

However, an aide of the businessman, Ikechukwu Onyia, revealed that Ubah was released on Monday night.


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