Osinbajo responds to allegations of collecting N4bn from embattled Magu

The distrust between the nation’s populace and the Nigerian government runs so deep that people are willing to swallow up any information casting government officials in a negative light; verified or not.

This was the case on Wednesday when rumours alleging that Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, received over N4 billion naira from the alleged sum embezzled by the embattled Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, hit social media

The lead up to the hearsay began on Monday following reports that Magu, had been reportedly arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) over accusations of fraud. Although the EFCC and DSS refuted the reports, claiming rather that Magu had honoured a panel invitation; whose invitation he was not forced to accept, there appears to new layers to the drama daily, including a widely reported suspension of the EFCC boss that the Presidency or EFCC is yet to refute.

 

Rumours on social media originating from a certain Jackson Ude, alleged that Magu had during investigation confessed to have given Vice President, Osinbajo N4billion out of an alleged N39 billion of recovered loot, on the day President Buhari embarked on a medical trip to the United Kingdom.  

 

While some speculated that Osinbajo was a “fraudulent pastor,” many Nigerians asserted that it was an attempt to taint the Vice President’s image. For some, the Vice President is a credible choice for the 2023 presidential election and that the allegations were geared at tarnishing his image.

 

Setting the records straight, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, via a statement on his Twitter handle, described the rumours as “false and baseless fabrications.”

“With all emphasis at our disposal, let it be firmly stated that these are false and baseless fabrications purporting to reflect goings-on at the probe panel investigating Mr Ibrahim Magu. They are indeed completely absurd in every respect,” the statement read.

He equally added that this was an attempt to tarnish his image.. 

 

Nigerians in reaction to the Vice President’s response have suggested that he presses charges against the instigator of the rumour for spreading such “damaging lies about his person.” Some also questioned the credibility of the said Jackson Ude, who appeared to have started the rumours.

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