Contrary to denials in some sections of the media that he was not arrested, Businessman and owner of Capital Oil and Gas, Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah, is still in the custody of the Department of State Services, a week after he was arrested.
It was gathered that Mr. Ubah was invited by the security service on Monday and had remained with the operatives since then.
Credible security sources who spoke with Punch on Saturday evening, confirmed the development.
“As I speak with you, the man is still with us. Don’t listen to the propaganda his people are saying. You know he is a big boy and he doesn’t want people to know that he is being detained.
“His people claimed on Thursday that he spoke with reporters. When we saw the story, we laughed. In the said statement, he was also said to have claimed that he was going to watch a football match a day later.
“That’s not true. Ubah is with us and we have no plan of releasing him this weekend because we have a court order to detain him,” said a source.
Ubah had claimed on Thursday that it was true that he visited the DSS, but said he went there for the confirmation of accounts with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Speaking through his Chief of Staff, Mr. Chiegozie Gerald Udogu, he said that he had been going to the DSS since Monday.
He had said, “Yes, it was true that he was at the DSS office, but he was not detained. He went there for the reconciliation of account with the NNPC.
“The DSS is mediating in the trade dispute between the two parties. Therefore, it is not a thing to be worried about.”
Mr. Udogu did not respond to calls made to his telephone line on Saturday night and he also did not reply to a text message sent to him either.
A text message was also sent to him to confirm why he was still held by the DSS, if it was right and what was the basis for it. He did not reply the text message up till the time of reporting.