Attackers Of Ubah’s Convoy Must Be Arrested, Senate Tells Police And DSS

This photo shows the senators during a plenary session at the National Assembly in Abuja on September 20, 2022.

 

The Senate has directed the Nigeria Police Force, the Department of State Services (DSS), and other relevant security agencies to arrest the gunmen who attacked Senator Ifeanyi Ubah’s convoy in Anambra State.

This directive was part of the resolutions reached by the lawmakers on Tuesday during plenary at the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

After weeks of vacation, the lawmakers resumed plenary at a makeshift chamber as the main Senate chamber is undergoing renovations.

Senator Uche Ekwunife had cited Orders 41 and 51 to seek the leave of the Senate to present a matter of urgent public importance on the attack in which Ubah’s aides were murdered.

The lawmakers, in their reactions, took turns to condemn the incident and asked the security agencies to carry out comprehensive investigations into the attack with a view to arresting and prosecuting the perpetrators.

They also resolved to observe a minute of silence in honour of the victims that lost their lives in the attack and mandate the security agencies to report their findings back to the Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence, as well as the Senate Committee on Police Affairs within two weeks.

READ ALSO: Gunmen Attack Ifeanyi Ubah’s Convoy In Anambra, Several Aides Killed

“When we heard, we thought it was a joke because we cannot imagine in broad daylight such disaster would happen,” said Senator Biodun Olujimi while condemning the attack. “We need to look deeper into the problem of insecurity.

“We still must do a lot more because of this to happen in broad daylight to a man who has a convoy with more than six cars, you can imagine what can happen to an individual who drives a single car. We must know those who are perpetrating such ugly incidents in our country. I lend my condolences to Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and I pray that this will abate.”

The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, who was also unhappy with the incident commended Senator Ekwunife for calling the attention of the lawmakers to the incident.

“As bad as it is, we must thank God for the life of our brother and our colleague. We thank God for saving him,” he said. “As alluded in the motion, this is not the first time we are dealing with the gruesome attack and killing on Anambra State and no arrest is being made and no prosecution has commenced, and we are worried.

“All Nigerians should be interested, and we should all contribute our quota in providing security for our people. What is wrong for a state government like Anambra State after the killing of a member of the State House of Assembly to make some investment in the acquisition of security equipment

“We should encourage our state governors that they should not see security as an exclusive preserve of the Nigeria Police and that they should rise to the situation. I extend my condolences to the families of the five people who lost their lives in this attack.”

Similarly, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha said, “I want to congratulate our Colleague for surviving that terrible attack. I agree with the Deputy Senate President that the level of insecurity we have in this country demands that all hands must be on deck.

“Those who are supposed to do the needful should rise and do it. Some of the governors need to do more. Let those who are involved in handling securities of communities and states wake up to their responsibilities. May God help Nigeria in this dangerous situation.”

“I want to join my colleagues to make condolences. There are people who have become conflict entrepreneurs who are utilising the security situation to unleash mayhem,” said Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe. “I join the Deputy Senate President to continue to ask the security agencies to do much more than they are doing.”

Buhari Condemns Attack On Ubah, Prays For Peace In Anambra, Other Areas

 

A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

 

The attack on the convoy of the Senator representing Anambra South District in the National Assembly, Ifeanyi Ubah, is “barbaric and condemnable”, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

“We are deeply concerned about the activities of armed groups in the region and in other parts of the country. We are closely monitoring the situation and waiting for further details on the response to the worrisome situation by the police, the military and other security agencies,” the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Ubah’s convoy was attacked on Sunday at Enugwukwu in the Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State. The gunmen killed some security officers and other aides during the attack.

“The nation has lost four brave policemen and other aides of the Senator.

“On behalf of the government and the people, I pay homage to these security men and the aides who were brutally murdered. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this difficult time,” Shehu said.

“The President prayed for the quick recovery of the Senator and all those that were injured. He equally prayed for the early return of peace and security in Anambra State and all other areas,” he added.

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Anambra, like the other four states in the South-East geopolitical zone, has witnessed heavy attacks by daring gunmen of late.

In May 2021, gunmen assassinated Ahmed Gulak, a former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan. Also, in September 2021, gunmen murdered Chike Akinyuli, the widower of the the late Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Dora Akunyili.

Gunmen Attack Ifeanyi Ubah’s Convoy In Anambra, Several Aides Killed

A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

 

The convoy of the Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial Zone, Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah, has been attacked at Enugwukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State. 

According to eyewitnesses, the convoy was ambushed by heavily armed men who opened fire on his convoy from all directions.

Some of his aides were killed including some police officers.

The Senator is said to have managed to escape but his bulletproof car was riddled with bullets.

Reacting to the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, Mr. Echeng Echeng, has already led operatives to the scene at Nkwo market, Enugwukwu.

In a statement issued on Sunday night, he said though the details of the incident are still sketchy, operatives are on ground there to monitor the situation.

He said the police would communicate further details as things unfold, adding that the Police remained committed to getting to the root of the matter.

One of the Senator’s aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the attack was an assassination attempt but the Senator was able to escape because of his vehicle was bulletproof.

The aid said Senator Ubah and his convoy were passing Nkwo Enugwukwu junction when they were shot at from all sides by the attackers.

A special aide to the Senator, as well as five policemen were reportedly killed. 

Senator Ubah is said to be in an undisclosed hospital where he is being monitored by doctors even though he was not physically hurt.

Anambra Election: Ubah Congratulates Soludo, Asks Contestants To Move On

A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

The candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Ifeanyi Ubah, has congratulated the Governor-elect of Anambra State, Charles Soludo.

Ubah, who represents Anambra South senatorial district, commended Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for his victory in the just-concluded governorship election in the state.

In a statement on Wednesday, the lawmaker stated that he has no plan to challenge the election results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

As a result, he asked other contestants in the governorship race to move on and follow suit in the path of honour not to contest the results in court.

READ ALSOCharles Soludo Wins Anambra Governorship Election

According to Ubah, the journey so far has not been that of roses, but one full of trials, triumphs, ups and downs.

He added that in the face of intimidating challenges and complexities, YPP displayed indomitable courage as the party came fourth in the poll.

The YPP candidate stated that the outcome of the election was not what the party wanted and worked so hard for.

He said while some people have expressed mixed feelings and reactions about the purported anomalies witnessed across numerous polling units, the collective interest of the state must be the paramount focus.

A screenshot taken on November 10, 2021, shows Anambra Governor-Elect, Charles Soludo, after he was declared the winner of the election.

 

Read the full statement by Senator Ubah below:

SENATOR IFEANYI UBAH CONGRATULATES PROF. CHARLES SOLUDO ON HIS ELECTORAL VICTORY.

…APPRECIATES FAMILY, FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND STEADFASTNESS.

Umunne M Ndi Anambra,

I have just called the newly elected Governor of our dear State; Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo to congratulate him on his victory at the just-concluded November 6, 2021, Anambra Governorship poll.

To everything, there is a season, so the Holy Bible says.

It is with a heart full of gratitude and submission to the will of God that I address you all today, having enjoyed the unique privilege of earning your support to seek the Governorship office of our dear State Anambra.

The past months have been defining for us in several respects. In the build-up to this election, we were bound together by the will and shared vision that now is the time for our state to chart a new course, to make life better and more meaningful for our people. We unveiled a strategic agenda for a new, better and prosperous Anambra.

After watching the fortunes of Anambra State dwindle for years, we collectively embarked on this journey to translate to reality, the dreams of a better future and shared prosperity for the people of Anambra State. In all, we gave our very best, for conscience and for posterity.

Our journey has not been that of roses. Our journey has been full of trials, triumphs, ups and downs; nonetheless, in the face of intimidating challenges and complexities, we displayed indomitable courage.

Umunne m, this is not the outcome that we wanted and worked so hard for. Although some people have expressed mixed feelings and reactions about the anomalies witnessed across numerous polling units. However, the collective interest of the state must be our paramount focus. Not minding the outcome of the elections, I feel pride and gratitude for this formidable campaign that we waged irrespective of the pervasive security crisis that did not allow us to maximize our full campaign potentials in the nooks and crannies of the State.

Retrospectively, it is incontrovertible to state that our campaign has helped expand the wider narrative of democracy and good governance in Anambra State. In spite of the outcome of this election, our dreams of a better Anambra State remain sacrosanct.

As a Democrat and law-abiding citizen, I wholeheartedly accept the outcome of the election and would like to use this medium to congratulate Prof. Charles Soludo on his victory. It is imperative to state that I do not intend to challenge the electoral results as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) through any court or judicial process;

(1) APC:43,285

(2) APGA:112,229

(3) PDP:53,807

(4) YPP:21,261

(5) A: 2,054

(6) AA: 83

(7) AAC: 588

(8) ADC: 324

(9) ADP: 773

(10) APN: 301

(11) APP: 139

(12) BP: 186

(13) LP: 2,802

(14) NNPP: 117

(15) NRM: 213

(16) SDP: 842

(17) ZLP: 2,082

(18) PRP: 437

I, therefore, urge my fellow contestants to move on and thread this same path of honour.

Irrespective of all the challenges that we faced; the electoral result proves that YPP is here to stay;

APGA – 19 LGAs

PDP – 1 LGA

YPP – 1 LGA

APC – 0

Therefore, we will work assiduously to ensure that we reposition our party for greater heights.

At this juncture, I want to urge our incoming Governor to conduct Local Government elections and grant full financial autonomy to our LGAs in order for them to bring dividends of democracy to the grassroots. I also want to enjoin Prof. Soludo to always engage Anambrarians in the Diaspora as critical stakeholders. As a commercially viable state, our traders must be supported and given the requisite incentives to grow.

There is an urgent need to adopt a proactive, intelligence-based, and technology-driven approach to tackle the prevailing issue of insecurity in our dear State Anambra through networking and strategic information dissemination.

I urge our Governor-elect to promote rapid Industrialisation and work in harmony with members of the National Assembly in the state so as to harness the instrumentality of the National Assembly to create a synergy between the Federal and State Government. Improved health tourism must also be at the centre stage of his administration’s policy thrust.

Our dear State Anambra is a land of opportunities; a home for everyone and the “Light of the Nation”. It is therefore a point of duty and responsibility to correct the ills of the previous administration and ensure that we remain a centre of opportunities and growth for everyone; a place where Anambrarians can achieve their dreams and aspirations.

To my wife and the children, who had to endure many months, days, and nights without me; I thank you for your love and steadfastness. You will continue to be my pillar of strength.

I salute the men, women and youths who believed and demonstrated their faith by investing their time and resources in my campaign. Thank you for staying the course!

I am immensely grateful to my friends too numerous to mention (home and abroad), party leadership and members, well-wishers and loyal supporters who so generously contributed their time and effort to my campaign during this long election season. I thank you all immensely for your support and encouragement because without your magnanimous inputs we would have never been this daring and impactful. Thank you for the prayers, courage, generosity, and love that I witnessed during this campaign.

I also wish to commend my fellow candidates for their exemplary candour and sportsmanship throughout the course of the campaign.

Conclusively, I have gallantly moved on to the next phase of my life and have forgiven all and sundry, including my trusted allies that worked against me.

As we anticipate with enthusiasm, the start of the next dispensation led by Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, I commit the entire leadership and citizenry of Anambra State into the safe hands of the Almighty God, on whose shoulder, the governance of our dear State has rested from the inception.

In all, we reckon and submit to the supremacy of God’s will.

All power belongs to God!

Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Ubah

Anambra South Senatorial District.

November 10, 2021

I Have A Different Method To Address Anambra’s Security Situation, Says Ubah

 

The lawmaker representing Anambra South district in the National Assembly, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, says he will deploy a different method to address the security situation if elected as the governor of the state.

He stated this on Wednesday when he featured as a guest on Politics Today, barely two weeks to the November 6 governorship election.

“The security situation in my state has a different method (that) I am going to apply,” the Young Progressives Party (YPP) candidate said during an interview on the Channels Television political show.

“I am going to apply information technology, gathering. My constituency asked me to go and see how I can proffer political solution to issues that surround Nnamdi Kanu.”

READ ALSO: NASS Meets With INEC Chairman, Security Chiefs Over Anambra Poll

As parties continue the bid to sell their candidates to the people of Anambra to succeed incumbent Governor Willie Obiano, the security situation in the state and parts of the South-East appears not to be improving.

A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

Amid fears resulting from purported threats by armed groups to disrupt the election, the police authorities said they have put adequate security measures in place to ensure voters cast their ballots without any problem.

 

A Political Solution

Outlawed separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), alongside the Eastern Security Network (ESN) have been blamed for most of the attacks.

The groups have continued to demand the release of IPOB leader, Kanu who is being held in detention by the Federal Government over allegations bordering on treason and other crimes.

On the way forward, Senator Ubah is proposing a political solution in dealing with the agitation by the secession agitators.

He recalled how he visited the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) to facilitate Kanu’s release, but was denied access to him.

“Do we love ourselves in this country? If we love ourselves, let us proffer political solutions to so many things, not only Nnamdi Kanu,” the lawmaker said.

“For God’s sake, I have no apologies; that is what I am doing. I went to the DSS and met the DG. He told me to go to court. I did this thing without letting anyone know. I went to the court and I have filed to the court to give me access to him.”

Kanu, 53, who wants a separate state for the ethnic Igbo people in the southeast, was arrested abroad in June and brought back to Nigeria to face trial.

He was first arrested in October 2015 but was released on bail and fled the country in 2017.

IPOB has called for a “sit-at-home” on Thursday across the south-east region to protest the arrest of its leader.

I Will Be Surprised If My Opponent Heads To Supreme Court – Senator Ubah

A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

The Senator representing Anambra South district in the National Assembly, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, says he will be surprised if his opponent, Mr. Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) heads to the Supreme Court over his election victory.

Ubah’s comments on Thursday follow the Appeal Court ruling which set aside a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court judgment sacking him as the lawmaker representing the region.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Stephen Adah, the court held that the FCT High Court acted outside its jurisdiction to entertain a matter that arose in Anambra state.

But appearing during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Ubah said he doesn’t think anyone can appeal a verdict given by an appellant court.

“I will be very surprised if they challenge what was given. You need to give me some time so that they (my lawyers) can look at the judgment.

“I don’t think, to my best knowledge, that it is appealable. But if they go to the Supreme Court, I’m more than ready,” he said.

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Speaking further, Ubah alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been working hard to oust him from office.

According to him, he is the only Senator in the country that has faced two opponents in a tribunal shortly after the general elections.

“I have passed through serious hurdles; I am the only Senator in Nigeria that faced the tribunal with two opponents – from the PDP and the APC,” he said.

“With the court victory in the tribunal, we went to the Appeal Court in Enugu with court victory. They have done everything possible to take me out of my seat. And at the same time, they are working in conjunction with so many parties.

“At the end of the day, touch not His anointed and do his prophet no harm. One with God is a majority. So we are working, I need now to concentrate and give value to those who have elected me,” he said.

Appeal Court Nullifies Judgment Sacking Ifeanyi Ubah

Ifeanyi Ubah

 

The Court of Appeal has set aside an FCT High Court judgment sacking Senator Ifeanyi Ubah as the lawmaker representing Anambra South Senatorial district.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Stephen Adah, the court held that the FCT High Court acted outside its jurisdiction to entertain a matter that arose in Anambra state.

Justice Adah while awarding a cost of N250,000 against the first and second respondents in the appeal, insisted the lower court acted like an octopus and denied Senator Ubah the right to a fair hearing.

He added that the court further acted on an unsigned originating summons, which is also a nullity.

READ ALSO: Ifeanyi Ubah Appeals Judgement Sacking Him From Senate

The embattled Senator Ifeanyi Ubah on January 18, filed a suit at the Court of Appeal to challenge the judgment which removed him as the lawmaker.

He disclosed this to Channels Television a day after a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in the Bwari area of Abuja reaffirmed his sack.

Ubah explained that appealing the judgement of the court was important because it lacked the jurisdiction to giving such ruling.

He stressed that neither him nor his party – the Young Progressives Party (YPP), was served the court notices when the case was brought before the court.

The embattled lawmaker said, “Even in the Electoral Act; anything after the announcement of an election (result) is a post-election which should go through the Tribunal, not FCT High Court.

“Even the FCT High Court has no territorial jurisdiction over this matter. The matter was a matter which took place in Anambra South senatorial district.”

Ifeanyi Ubah Asks Appeal Court To Reinstate Him As Senator

Court To Decide Certificate Case Against Buhari Today
A file photo of the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

 

 

Embattled lawmaker, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, is seeking to return to the Senate after he was sacked by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in the Bwari area of Abuja.

This comes as the Court of Appeal in Abuja is set to hear the suit filed by Senator Ubah challenging the judgement which removed him as the lawmaker representing Anambra South district in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

In a ruling delivered on January 17, Justice Bello Kawu had reaffirmed the sack of Senator Ubah of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).

He ordered that Mr Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had challenged the embattled lawmaker’s victory in the Anambra South senatorial district election of February 23, be recognised as the winner of the election.

A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

 

Justice Kawu also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Uzoh, the applicant, as the senator-elect in the district.

The PDP candidate had among other claims, alleged that his YPP counterpart presented a forged National Examination Council (NECO) secondary school certificate to INEC, which enabled Ubah to contest the election.

He also insisted that Ubah’s party should be disqualified for not conducting a primary for its candidates in the poll.

The trial judge, in his ruling delivered in January, refused to reverse the judgement of the court delivered in December which removed Ubah as a member of the Senate.

He sacked Ubah and declared that the second defendant in the suit – the YPP – did not have the locus standi and should not have participated in the election.

Court Restrains INEC Over Ifeanyi Ubah Senate Sack

A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from implementing two previous judgements of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja given against Ifeanyi Ubah.

Mr. Ubah of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) is seeking to retain his seat in the Senate.

READ ALSO: Court Reaffirms Sack Of Ifeanyi Ubah As Senator

On April 11, 2019, Justice Bello Kawu of the FCT High Court in Kubwa, had sacked Ubah, the Senator representing Anambra South. The judge reaffirmed his ruling on January 17, 2020 and ordered that Mr. Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) be recognised as the winner of the election.

However, on Thursday, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, in a suit filed by Ubah, stopped INEC from issuing a Certificate of Return to Uzor.

The Judge noted that the Court of Appeal had already affirmed Ubah’s election on September 9, 2019, and October 29, 2019.

He also noted that the Court of Appeal was the highest court on issues pertaining to National Assembly election appeals.

Ifeanyi Ubah Appeals Judgement Sacking Him From Senate


 

Embattled Senator Ifeanyi Ubah says he has filed a suit at the Court of Appeal to challenge the judgement which removed him as the lawmaker representing Anambra South senatorial district.

He disclosed this to Channels Television on Saturday a day after a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in the Bwari area of Abuja reaffirmed his sack.

Ubah explained that appealing the judgement of the court was important because it lacked the jurisdiction to giving such ruling.

He stressed that neither him nor his party – the Young Progressives Party (YPP), was served the court notices when the case was brought before the court.

The embattled lawmaker said, “Even in the Electoral Act; anything after the announcement of an election (result) is a post-election which should go through the Tribunal, not FCT High Court.

“Even the FCT High Court has no territorial jurisdiction over this matter. The matter was a matter which took place in Anambra South senatorial district.”

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A file photo of a court gavel.

 

“In the court record, I was not served; which is still till date. Our party doesn’t run on rubber stamp; our party runs on seal stamp and there is a name they claimed is the party’s secretary who is not known to the party,” he added.

Giving his ruling on Friday, Justice Bello Kawu of the FCT High Court had refused to reverse the judgement of the court delivered in December which removed Ubah as a member of the Senate.

He, however, ordered that Mr Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had challenged Ubah’s victory in the February 23 poll, be recognised as the winner of the election.

The judge also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Uzoh, the applicant, as the senator-elect in the district.

In his prayer, the PDP candidate had claimed that his YPP counterpart presented a forged National Examination Council (NECO) secondary school certificate to INEC, which enabled him to contest the Anambra South senatorial election.

He asked that Ubah’s party be disqualified for not conducting a primary for its candidates in the poll.

UPDATED: Court Reaffirms Sack Of Ifeanyi Ubah As Senator

Ubah Accuses PDP Of Injustice, Says 'I Have Not Gained Anything'
A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in the Bwari area of Abuja has reaffirmed the sack of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).

Senator Ubah was the lawmaker representing Anambra South district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

In a ruling on Friday, Justice Bello Kawu refused to reverse the judgement of the court delivered in December which removed Ubah as a member of the Senate.

READ ALSO: Appeal Court Upholds Ifeanyi Ubah’s Election

He, however, ordered that Mr Obinna Uzoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had challenged Ubah’s victory in the February 23 poll, be recognised as the winner of the election.

The judge also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Uzoh, the applicant, as the senator-elect in the district.

Bauchi Assembly Crisis: Court Orders Parties To Maintain Status Quo
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

Among other claims, the PDP candidate alleged that his YPP counterpart presented a forged National Examination Council (NECO) secondary school certificate to INEC, which enabled him to contest the Anambra South senatorial election.

He also insisted that Ubah’s party should be disqualified for not conducting a primary for its candidates in the poll.

In his judgement, Justice Kawu sacked Ubah and declared that the second defendant in the suit – the YPP – did not have the locus standi, and should not have participated in the election.

Reacting to the judgment, the National Chairman of YPP, Mr Bishop Amakiri, said his party would appeal the decision of the court.

According to him, the court erred in law on the ground that the party was never served with the court processes.

Amakiri added that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain and enter judgment in favour of Mr Uzoh who he said never participated in the senatorial election.

Alleged N135bn Fraud: FG Files Charges Against Ifeanyi Ubah, Capital Oil & Gas Limited

Ubah Accuses PDP Of Injustice, Says 'I Have Not Gained Anything'
Senator Ifeanyi Ubah

 

The Federal Government has filed criminal charges against Senator Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah and his company, Capital Oil and Gas Limited.

The charges, filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos, are related to an alleged N135 billion fraud.

Lawyer to the Federal Government, Mr. Korede Adegoke, on Wednesday informed the court of four pending charges pressed against the defendants and urged the court to accept the charges for the purpose of taking their plea.

In the first charge, the prosecution accused Senator Ubah and his company of conspiring together, sometime between 2012 and 2018, “in making false claims in relation to the actual values of certain assets-transferred to Asset Management Corporation _of Nigeria (AMCON) under the Consent Judgment delivered in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 on the 1st day of July, 2013 in partial payment of the indebtedness of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited with a view to defeating the realisation of the said judgment debt of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited to AMCON then standing in the sum of 135 billion naira, contrary to Section 54(1)(a) and (d) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended)”.

The second charge held that the defendants “made false claims in relation to the actual values of certain assets transferred to AMCON” under the consent judgment, contrary to Section 54(1)(a) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended).

The third charge read, “That you, Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, and Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, sometimes between 2012 and 2018 in Nigeria and within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court, being guarantor and debtor respectively, negligently, willfully or recklessly made a statement or gave information knowing it to be false in relation to the actual values of the assets transferred to AMCON under the Consent Judgment delivered in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 on the 1St day of July 2013 in partial satisfaction of the outstanding loan of N135 Billion Naira owed to AMCON contrary to Section 54(2) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended)”.

In the fourth charge, the defendants were accused of  obstructing the implementation of the provisions of the AMCON Act “vis-é-vis the realisation of part of your outstanding debt of N135 Billion Naira _by frustrating the sale of the landed property at Banana Island to Dayspring Development Company Limited, which property you both transferred to AMCON by virtue of the Consent Judgement delivered by this honourable court on the 1st day of July 2013, in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 and which act is contrary to Section 54(5) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended)”.

The arraignment of the defendants before Justice Nicolas Oweibo was however stalled, as Ubah’s lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), said his client had not been served with the charges.

Agbakoba also informed the court that a mediation move was ongoing to settle the case out of court.

Counsel to the second defendant, Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Ajibola Oluyede, on his part, confirmed that his client had been served.

“That is why we have filed a notice of preliminary objections challenging the competency of this charge,” he told the court.

In response, the prosecution counsel said he would not hesitate to ask the court for a warrant of arrest for Senator Ubah if he was trying to avoid court proceedings.

After listening to lawyers for the parties involved, Justice Oweibo, adjourned the case since the prosecution had failed to produce the defendant in court.

He adjourned the case till February 13, 2020.

 

Read the full charges below:

COUNT 1

That you, Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, and Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, sometimes between 2012 and 2018, conspired together in making false claims in relation to the actual values of certain assets-transferred to Asset Management Corporation _of Nigeria (AMCON) under the Consent Judgment delivered in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 on the 1St day of July, 2013 in partial payment of the Indebtedness of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited with a view to defeating the realisation of the said judgment debt of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited to AMCON then standing In the sum of 135 Billion Naira contrary to Section 54(1)(a) and (d) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended).

COUNT 2

That you, Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, and Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, sometimes between 2012 and 2018, made false claims in relation to the actual values of certain assets transferred to AMCON under the Consent Judgment delivered in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 on the 1St day of July, 2013 and which assets were transferred in partial payment of the butstanding indebtedness of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited to AMCON with a view to defeating the realisation of the judgment debt ‘of Capital Oil and Gas Industries lelted to AMCON then standing in the sum of 135 Billion Naira contrary to Section 54(1)(a) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended).

COUNT 3

That you, Ifeanyl Patrick Ubah, and Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, sometimes between 2012 and 2018 in Nigeria and within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court, being guarantor and debtor respectively, negligently, willfully or recklessly made a statement or gave information knowing it to be false in relation to the actual values of the assets transferred to AMCON under the Consent Judgment delivered in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 on the 1St day of July 2013 in partial satisfaction of the outstanding loan of N135 Billion Naira owed to AMCON contrary to Section 54(2) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended).

COUNT 4

That you, Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, and Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, sometimes between 2012 and 2018 in Nigeria and within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court, did obstruct the implementation of the provisions of the AMCON Act vis-é-vis the realisation of part of your outstanding debt of N135 Billion Naira _by frustrating the sale of the landed property at Banana Island to Dayspring Development Company Limited, which property you both transferred to AMCON by virtue of the Consent Judgement delivered by this honourable Court on the 1St day of July, 2013 in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 and which act is contrary to Section 54(5) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010 (as amended).