Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has denied getting N4 billion from the embattled former Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.
Osinbajo’s denial was contained in a statement by one of his aides.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande was reacting to the allegations making the round on some news and social media that Magu gave N4 billion to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo from embezzled over N39 billion.
“The attention of the Office of the Vice President has been drawn to a series of tweets and online publications by PointBlank News and Newsreel.com.ng today 8th July, 2020, credited to the same person, one Jackson Ude.
In essence, Ude’s story is that,
” embattled former chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission, allegedly embezzled over N39 billion and gave Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo (sic) N4 billion, after the VP gave instructions to him to release some of the recovered loot…”
He said in a press statement.
In his refutation, he stated that,
“With all emphasis at our disposal, let it be firmly stated that these are totally false and baseless fabrication purporting to reflect goings-on at the Probe Panel investigating Mr. Ibrahim Magu. They are indeed completely absurd in every respect”
He further said,
“Sadly, such mindless, vicious publications have now become the preferred tool of unscrupulous and reprobate elements in our society who are procured with monetary inducement to peddle blatant falsehood, tarnish the image of upright public officials and mislead unsuspecting Nigerians”
He added that:
” Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, will of course not be distracted by those obvious campaigns of lies and calumny. The online publication being criminally defamatory in nature, have been referred to the relevant law enforcement agencies for investigation and necessary action.”