Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, over allegations linking him to funds allegedly stolen by the suspended Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, .
An online platform, PointBlank News, owned by one Mr. Ude, had published that Magu embezzled over N39 billion, and gave Osinbajo N4 billion, for a soft landing.
The report claimed that unnamed sources within the Panel investigating the suspended EFCC Acting Chairman, “exposed the Vice President’s involvement in the scandal”.
“Specifically, Magu was said to have mentioned a N4 billion, that he released to the VP, based on directives the very day the President left the country for the United Kingdom, on medical treatment”, part of the report read.
It did not however, give details of which of the President’s numerous Medical trips to the United Kingdom it referred to, and provided no evidence to back the claim.
In an earlier statement, Osinbajo’s Spokesperson, Laolu Akande, described the claims as “false and baseless fabrications”.
Osinbajo in a letter to the IGP through his Lawyers, Taiwo Osipitan, said that the report is untrue and defamatory.
He also copied the Attorney-General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, in the letter.
“On the 8th of July 2020, Ude wrote and published on his website materials/stories which are criminally defamatory of our client. We have the instructions of our client that the said publications are injuriously false in every respect”, the Lawyer partly said.
Osinbajo also frowned at Ude’s Twitter publication, where he again accused the Vice President of corruption.
“HushBajo. N4billion. The Ghana investment. Okechukwu Enelamah the erand boy. The secretly recorded night vigil prayers at the Villa Chapel. The letter of resignation written for Buhari in Tunis by Tinubu/Osinabjo while Ba was sick. The scheming to take over. Etc. This na pay back ”, the tweet read.
The tweet was said to have been shared on several social media platforms, to make the Vice President appear like a “dishonest and disloyal public Officer, and consequently unfit for the position of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which he is occupying”, the official added.
The Lawyer asked the IGP to investigate the allegations, and if the purveyor is found guilty, the Police should initiate criminal proceedings against Ude and his platform, to restrain them from future ‘false publications’.