|Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah: Chairman Capital Oil and Gas|
Baring any last minute u-turn, it has been uncovered that Nigeria’s secret Police, the Department of State Services, DSS, are adamant to produce the Chairman, Capital Oil and Gas, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, before the Justice Muhammed Idris Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Friday, May 12, 2017.
Recall that on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Justice Idris ordered the DSS to produce Dr. Ubah before his court today (Friday), and show why the oil mogul should not be released unconditionally.
The Honorable Justice was ruling in the ex-parte application filed by Ifeoma Esom, Counsel to Dr. Ubah, to compel Ubah’s unconditional release from the custody of the DSS, where he has been since Friday, May 5, 2017.
Last night, a DSS Source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said its operatives will not produce Ubah in court today, as directed by Justice Muhammed Idris, because its Director-General, Lawal Daura is out of the country with President Muhammadu Buhari.
It could be recalled that President Buhari departed Nigeria for London last Sunday, for follow-up medical consultation with his doctors.
Daura, being one of President Buhari’s closest allies is said to have escorted the President to London.
The DSS operative said: “It is expected of us to produce the Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, in Court, tomorrow (Friday), as ordered by Justice Muhammed Idris of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos. But I must confess that that won’t happen because our DG is out of the country. He joined President Buhari’s entourage to London, last Sunday, where the President went for follow-up medical consultation with his doctors.”
He stated that “The DSS, under this current leadership is now ran as a one man show. Once the DG is not around to give orders and directives, no action can be taken in his absence. Anyone who does that no matter how highly placed in the Service risks losing his or her job.”
Efforts made to contact the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Tony Opiuyo, to confirm the development proved futile, as he was not taking his calls.
It remains to be seen how Justice Idris would react to this flagrant disobedience of his Orders as the Court resumes for hearing by 10.00am today (Friday).