Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, to demand an investigation into a ‘false allegation’ of him allegedly taking N4 billion from suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.
The allegation was made against him by Jackson Ude, a former director of strategy and communications under President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to Ude, Magu embezzled over N39 billion and gave Mr Osinbajo N4 billion for soft landing. He also claimed that the Vice President is being investigated over his “involvement in the scandal”.
However, the Vice President media aide Laolu Akande’s claim that the accusation is “false and baseless fabrications”.
Osinbajo’s lawyer, Taiwo Osipitan, has also defended the Vice President, stating that Ude’s comment was aimed at making 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 statement read;
“On the 8th of July 2020, Mr Ude wrote and published on his website www.pointblanknews.com 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.”
However, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has petitioned the IGP calling for an investigation into Ude’s statement and also asked the police to initiate criminal proceedings against Mr Ude and his platform to restrain them from future ‘false publications’ if found guilty.