Friday 18th August, 2017
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More groups join calls for Ifeanyi Ubah's release

More groups join calls for Ifeanyi Ubah's release

More protests have con­tinued to greet the continued incarcera­tion of the Chairman of Capi­tal Oil and Gas Industries Ltd, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, who has been at the detention cell of the Department of State Servic­es (DSS) since May 6.
Some of the protesting groups insist that the refusal of the DSS to release Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, even at the instance of a competent court, is a threat to the country’s democracy and a breach of his fundamental hu­man right.
The groups were of the opinion that what the capital oil boss is being accused of could be resolved in a law court.
One of the groups, under the aegis of Nnewi Sports Club, which protested the detention of Ifeanyi Ubah yesterday in Nnewi, Ubah’s country home, tasked the DSS to do the need­ful and release him as ordered by the Lagos High Court pre­sided over by Justice Idris.
The group, led by the duo of Engr. Nwabueze Udezue and Mr. Anthony Nduka, president and secretary of the group re­spectively, carried placards and marched to the palace of the tra­ditional ruler of the community, HRH Igwe Kenneth Orizu III, singing pro-Ifeanyi Ubah songs and urging the Federal Govern­ment to call the officers of the DSS to order.
Some of the inscriptions in the placards read: “Chief (Dr.) Ifeanyi Ubah deserves fair hearing, let DSS obey court order and release him; Is there no more justice and fair play in Nigeria? Ifeanyi Ubah deserves justice, let the rule of law prevail; DSS, release Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah as ordered by the court”, among many other inscriptions.
In a press release issued at the end of the solidarity protest and made available to news­men, the members of Nnewi Sports Club, in strong terms, condemned the continued de­tention of Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah by the DSS, and called on the organization to release him unconditionally.
The statement read in part: “We, by this press release, ap­peal to the Federal Govern­ment to consider the fate of the numerous workers employed by Ubah’s companies in Nige­ria and release the detained oil magnate or charge him to court, if the case demands so.
“We, as a body, are aware of Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah’s contribu­tions to the economic growth and employment generation in Nigeria; thus, the dire need to save thousands of workers under his employ.
“Our fears are that the con­tinued detention of the CEO of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Ltd, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, without trial, will not only lead to the sack of over 5,000 work­ers directly and indirectly en­gaged by his companies, but will also send frightening sig­nals to investors in Nigeria”, it said.
The statement, which was jointly signed by the president of the group, Nwabueze Ude­zue and its secretary, Anthony Nduka, also called on the Act­ing President, Yemi Osinba­jo, to intervene in this matter to halt the impending massive job loss in Ifeanyi Ubah’s com­panies.
The group also request­ed for unconditional release of Dr. Ubah in the face of intimi­dation and adjudged illegal de­tention by the DSS, which, ac­cording to them, is against the norms of democracy and the ethics of the law.
“We condemn a situation where people are detained and refused bail, even at the in­stance of a recognized court of competent jurisdiction. The refusal of DSS to respect court order is unconstitutional and picks holes at the very foun­dation of our legal system”, the statement added.
In a similar development, another group under the um­brella of Campaign for De­mocracy, CD, has called for the immediate and uncondi­tional release of the Capital Oil boss, insisting that the transac­tion between the Nigerian Na­tional Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Capital Oil and Gas is such that could be set­tled in the court or even out of court; not such that would lead to the unwarranted incarcera­tion of the capital oil boss.
In a statement made avail­able to The AUTHORITY in Onitsha yesterday, after its emergency meeting presided by its South East Chairman, Dede Uzor A. Uzor, the group called on the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo to caution the officials of the DSS, adding that the activities of the security or­ganization do not conform to the norms and ethics of the law.

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