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Osinbajo Threatens To Sue Google, Timi Frank

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The President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has threatened to sue the Search Engine Giant, Google over an allegation made against him on its Youtube page.

One Katch Ononuju who identified himself as a political analyst had claimed that Mr Osinbajo used federal agencies under his supervision to generate fund to be used by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 election.

President Muhammadu Buhari and VP Yemi Osinbajo
President Muhammadu Buhari and VP Yemi Osinbajo

The video also claimed that Osinbajo was warming up to run for President comes 2023.

The video was uploaded by Roots TV Nigeria on Youtube and it had since gone viral.

Osinbajo’s lawyer wrote a petition to Google arguing that the report on the video was untrue and defamatory.

The lawyers said, “The publication is undoubtedly a barefaced attempt to unfairly discredit and expose our client to contempt and ridicule in the eyes of right-thinking members of the society.”

The Vice President demanded the removal of the Video from the website or suspend the publication or be ready to face a legal battle.

The lawyer submitted the letter to the Google office in Lagos.

Recently, Osinbajo had come into light following a series of allegations, many of which are unsubstantiated.

Some reports alleged that the Vice President of Nigeria was struggling to hold on to his office as the “cabals” are planning to edge him out.

Osinbajo Threatens to Sue Timi Frank and Vanguard Newspaper unless It retracts A Publication:

The Vice President also threatened to sue a former Publicity Secretary of the party, Timi Frank who granted an interview to Vanguard Newspaper.

The VP took to his twitter handle to vilify his accusers, threatening to wave his immunity to allow “adjudication of the claims”

He said: “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 have been making the social media rounds anonymously.

“I have today 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.

After the threat, Vanguard Newspaper tendered an apology to Mr Osinbajo immediately over the report that he mismanaged N90 billion allegedly released by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to the APC during the 2019 general elections.

The paper apologised to the vice president, the APC, and the FIRS for “any inconvenience or embarrassment the publication has occasioned them”.

“We hold Professor Osinbajo, SAN in the highest esteem,” it said in the statement.

The interview which was published a few days ago was based on what a former deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Timi Frank alleged.

The FIRS debunked the allegation.

“It is not plausible nor does it make any sense that FIRS will commit its resources to a phantom campaign of N90 billion as suggested by Mr Timi Frank and FIRS does not fund political associations,” the agency’s spokesperson, Wahab Gbadamosi, said on Monday.

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