Nigeria: Vice president Yemi Osinbajo to defend self in corruption allegation

Yemi Osinbajo
Yemi Osinbajo

Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said he was ready to waive his constitutional immunity to enable “the most robust adjudication” in an allegation bordering on corruption and other claims made against his person and office recently in the country.

Osinbajo’s office confirmed he made the declaration in a tweet he personally authored on Wednesday.

“In the past few days, a spate of reckless and malicious falsehoods have been peddled in the media against me by a group of malicious individuals.

“The defamatory and misleading assertions invented by this clique had mostly been making the social media rounds anonymously,” he tweeted.

Citing a former deputy national spokesman for the ruling All Progressives Congress party, the local media had reported earlier this week that the vice president had received a huge amount of money from the country’s main tax agency to execute some campaign activities during the last general election in the country.

The local tax agency has debunked the claims.

Osinbajo described the claims as “baseless allegations, insinuation, and falsehoods”.

He said, however, that he had instructed the commencement of legal action against two individuals, one Timi Frank, and another Katch Ononuju, who have put their names to “these odious falsehoods.”

“I will waive my constitutional immunity to enable the most robust adjudication of these claims of libel and malicious falsehood,” he added. Enditem

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