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Osinbajo Submit self to investigate, wade-off immunity clause

Osinbajo Submit self to investigate, wade-off immunity clause 



VICE President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) is bent on surrendering his constitutional immunity Armor, so that allegations against him can be freely investigated but if found to be free of all accusation the perpetrator will not go unpunished.

Two names have been identified has the whistle-blower of the false accusation according to Mr Vice-President, Timi Frank and Katch Ononuju. He said waiving the immunity will permit “the most robust adjudication of baseless allegations, insinuation and falsehoods” against his person and office.

Under the 1999 Constitution, the President, Vice President, governors and their deputies are insulated from criminal investigation.

But, in a tweet, Prof. Osinbajo said he would give up the privilege until the claims against him are resolved.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also yesterday clarified that it was not probing the vice president and the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP).

N-SIP said contrary to rumours, Prof. Osinbajo was not involved in financial transactions or disbursement of funds under its programmes.

Taking an exception to what he described as defamatory remarks about him, the vice president said he had instituted a suit against those behind the “misleading assertions”.

He said: “In the past few days, a spate of reckless and malicious falsehoods has 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.

Disclaiming the purported probe, EFCC spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren, said he never  made any reference to N-SIP as a programme or accused those who superintend it of corruption.

The agency cautioned against reports, which could project a false indictment and incite the vice president against the person of its chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.


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