The DSS on Tuesday told a court in Abuja that what Ubah allegedly did amounts to economic sabotage, which is punishable by death.

It added that the businessman's intention is to plunge the country into economic chaos by creating widespread scarcity of the product worth about 11 billion naira.

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.

Ubah has been detained by the DSS for 14 days following justice Yusuf Halilu’s order for the agency to keep him pending the completion of its investigation into the matter.

"The respondent (Ubah) was arrested on reasonable suspicion of his involvement in the commission of crime. He converted PMS, belonging to the NNPC, kept in the custody of his tank farm, to his personal use"said DSS lawyer, G. Agbadua.

He also told the court that the act is punishable by death under the Petroleum Production and Distribution (Anti-Sabotage) Act, 2004.

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

The court adjourned until May 25 for ruling.