Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, did not collect N4billion from former Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, as was reported in some online publications, his Senior Special Assistant on Media has said.
Laolu Akande, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said he had been “inundated by wide the circulation of Fake News about VP’s purported involvement in some EFCC recovery billions”.
Akande said the reports were “all LIES: calculated to confuse and concocted to smear Prof. Osinbajo's image”.
His words, “With all emphasis at our disposal, let it be firmly stated that these are totally 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.
“Sadly, such mindless, vicious and reckless 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 assured that Nigerian Number Two citizen “hasn't & will never be involved in any such shady activities”.
Magu has been detained since Monday after he appeared before an investigative panel probing him over allegations of corruption leveled against him.
President Muhammadu Buhari suspended him on Tuesday.