‘Ifeanyi Ubah’s action is a capital offence under the Petroleum Act of 2004’

“The punishment of sabotage under this Act attracts death penalty. It is clear that the respondent was arrested for the conversion of the property of the NNPC."

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Nigeria’s secret police, the State Security Services, SSS, also known as DSSS, have recommended death penalty for the chief executive officer of Capital Oil, Ifeanyi Ubah for allegedly diverting about 80 million liters of petrol, kept in his custody by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

The DSS on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 told a court in Lagos that what Ubah allegedly did amounted to economic sabotage, punishable by death. It added that the the oil businessman intention was to plunge the country into economic chaos by creating widespread scarcity of the product worth about N11 billion.

The DSS stated its position in a counter-affidavit to Ubah’s application asking a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to order his release from detention.

DSS’s lawyer, Mr G. Agbadua, told the court that the act was punishable by death under the Petroleum Production and Distribution (Anti-Sabotage) Act, 2004.

He stated, “The action of the respondent (Ubah) to sabotage the distribution of petroleum products is a capital offence under the Petroleum Production and Distribution (Anti-Sabotage) Act, 2004.

“The punishment of sabotage under this Act attracts death penalty. It is clear that the respondent was arrested for the conversion of the property of the NNPC. It is not just ordinary stealing, it is stealing of the lifeblood of the nation.

Ubah had applied to the court to set aside the detention order, arguing among others, that the court was misled by the DSS, which allegedly suppressed material facts from the court.

The court adjourned until May 25 for ruling.

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