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FIRS N90bn Allegation: Osinbajo Fights Back

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ElevateNews takes a look at Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s legal threat against Vanguard and Timi Frank.

Obviously with his comment on the story of N90 billion fraud published in the Vanguard Newspaper against the person of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the publisher of the paper Mr. Sam Amuka is not really a happy man now.

This is not because Vanguard may face litigation on defamation of character of Osinbajo but because the vice president is a good friend to the Vanguard publisher. Both have always respected each other but because Amuka hardly interfere in the editorial opinion of the Vanguard editors, the N90 billion story flew in the paper.

An out of favour former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Timi Frank has alleged that the vice president collected N90 billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to finance the 2019 presidential election and that the professor could not account for the money when queried by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Of course, the Chairman of FIRS, Mr. Babatunde Fowler has repudiated the allegation and threatened to sue Frank if he fails to tender a public apology.

Rather, Frank said that it is the FIRS Boss that should apologise to Nigerians for allegedly releasing such stupendous sum to Osinbajo.

Not until Tuesday that Osinbajo’s lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana filed a statement directing the Vanguard Newspaper to retract the fraud story against his client or face litigation.

And on Wednesday the Vanguard retracted the story and went on to apologise to the vice president.

Speaking on this, Senator Olusola Adeyeye condemned the efforts of some bad eggs within the corridor of power whose primary assignment is to tarnish the image of the vice president for their own self-interest.

Adeyeye said that he would not mind joining Osinbajo in the litigation against the paper. In spite, Frank has remained undaunted as he called out the vice president for a legal battle. He claimed to have all the evidence to nail the pastor.

But before this allegation will snowball into integrity crisis at the presidency, there is a need for President Muhammadu Buhari to speak up on whether his vice is truly involve in any form of fraud or it is just the package of those around him to ruin the political career of Osinbajo.

I want to believe that there is no yet a saint in this administration, including Buhari with his holier than thou attitude. Corruption in this government should be viewed beyond the movement, misappropriation and diversion of public funds, it should also include the complicity of some certain members of Buhari’s cabinet in the breaking of laws.

This government has allowed fake news to thrive in that it has reluctantly discredited some of the unfounded stories that now fly around mostly on the social media platform. And to a larger extent, the conventional and a few reputable online platform have dug out scoops that had been keeping the administration on its toes.

The vice president is protected by the immunity clause, which suggests that with this allegation, he cannot be prosecuted. Osinbajo has since promised to waive his immunity to clear his name of the allegation.

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