AMAECHI PERCY ONYEJEKWE, Awka
Youths of Nnewi in Nnewi North Council Area of Anambra State, Wednesday, trooped out in their great numbers to protest continued incarceration of their brother, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, the chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Ltd by the officials of the DSS.
The youths, under the auspices of Nnewi Youth Forum (NYM), carried placards and marched through all the quarters and major markets in the commercial city chanting songs depicting anger.
Youths and men trading in Agbaedo Spare Parts Market, New Auto Spare Parts Market, Nkwo Major Market, Orie-Agbo Market and other markets in the city locked their shops up and joined in solidarity march and in the process disrupted commercial activities in the area.
Inscriptions in some of the placards read: “DSS, obey court order”; “We say no to corruption, we say no to injustice” “take Ifeanyi Ubah to court, we are in a democratic state”; “This is democracy, not military rule”; “Let there be rule of law.Is there no more respect for rule of law and human right in Nigeria?”; among other inscriptions.
Addressing newsmen during the rally, the President-General of Nnewi Youth Forum , Hon. Onyekwelu Udeze flanked by the Secretary –General, Prince Ezenwa Nwachukwu and other officers of the group condemned the arrest and continued detention of the Ifeanyi Ubah without trial in a competent court of law and called on relevant authorities to release the Capital Oil Boss or take him to court.
He said that Nnewi Youth Forum condemned in strong terms the continued detention of Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah by the DSS, without trial .
“We have watched with keen interest the harassment and detention of Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah by this National Security Agency over a business transaction with NNPC where both parties have claims.
“It is now public knowledge that some persons or agencies have vowed to nail Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah by all means. They have pursued this agenda with vigour like the proverbial stubborn fly that follows the corpse to the grave. These enemies of progress have not come to terms with the historic success and contributions of Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah to the nation’s building, economic growth and job creation, particularly among the youths.
“We condemn a situation where people are detained before investigations are carried out on the issue leading to their arrest. The refusal of DSS to respect a court order is unconstitutional and it strikes at the very foundation of our legal system. This breeds impunity, and no reasonable government will condone it.
“e therefore warn those who have resorted to campaign of calumny in the media to taint the hard earned reputation of Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah to desist from such evil project.”
“We wish to emphatically state that the DSS should obey court order and arraign Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah to court or release him without further delay”, they said.
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