NewsOne Nigeria reports that Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President has denied reports that the embattled acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, gave him N4 billion.
A report by Jackson Ude, a former Director of Strategy/Communication under President Goodluck Jonathan, had also claimed that VP Osinbajo also allegedly gave instructions to the embattled Magu to release some of the recovered loots.
Ude had tweeted: “IBRAHIM MAGU COULD NOT ACCOUNT FOR N39BILLION: A Thread: Embattled former acting Chairman of the EFCC stole so much that he could not account for N39BILLION, gave Osinabjo N4billion after the VP gave instructions to him to release some of the recovered loots
“Sold recovered properties, vehicles, houses. Specifically, 167 recovered trucks missing from its Portharcourt office, could not account for 27 recovered sold this year. Admitted flagrantly defying Act setting the EFCC up which stipulates he reports to the supervisory ministry.
“Ignoring requests of assistance to investigate and recover about 67b by sister agencies including the office of the IG and the presidency. Confessed Movement of important records/files from efcc HQT between 12 midnight and 4 am Tuesday by his boys.
“Could not account for missing 37b as indicated in the submitted report of the presidential asset recovery panel headed by the chairman of the FIRS.
“Specifically mentioned a N4b that he released to the VP based on directives the very day the president left the country for UK on medical treatment.
“Magu was headstrong on Monday when he was picked up. Investigators said he refused to speak on any issue they asked. On Tuesday, when they showed him documents and evidences, he started confessing. He is now begging for soft landing, an investigator said.”
IBRAHIM MAGU COULD NOT ACCOUNT FOR N39BILLION: A Thread:
Embattled former acting Chairman of the EFCC stole so much that he could not account for N39BILLION, gave Osinabjo N4billion, after the VP gave instructions to him to release some of the recovered loots pic.twitter.com/xM2DhfGcah
— Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) July 7, 2020
However, a statement issued by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, last night, Wednesday, described the report as a piece of fake news, adding that Osinbajo has never been involved in such shady activities.
“Inundated by the wide circulation of Fake News about VP’s purported involvement in some EFCC recovery billions, please rest assured they’re all LIES calculated to confuse and concocted to smear Prof. Osinbajo’s image.
“The VP hasn’t and will never be involved in any such shady activities,” Laolu said on VP Osinbajo receiving N4billion from Ibrahim Magu.
Inundated by wide circulation of Fake News about VP's purported involvement in some EFCC recovery billions, pls rest assured they're all LIES: calculated to confuse and concocted to smear Prof. Osinbajo's image. The VP has'nt & will never be involved in any such shady activities pic.twitter.com/bGHyFzHSm6
— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) July 8, 2020