Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has written the Inspector-General of Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Muhammed Adamu, over reported claim that he received N4billion from the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
The petition came after a former Director of Strategy and Communications during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, Jackson Ude, through his news medium, “PointBlank News“, published that Magu embezzled over N39 billion and gave Professor Osinbajo N4 billion.
The report quoted sources within the panel investigating the suspended EFCC boss to have “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, but did not 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,” Ude’s medium claimed.
Osinbajo had in a statement on Wednesday by his Spokesperson, Laolu Akande, described the claims as “false and baseless fabrications”.
In the petition sent to the IGP through his lawyers, Taiwo Osipitan, on Wednesday, Osinbajo said the report was untrue and defamatory. He also copied the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, in the letter.
“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,” the petition partly said.