Osinbajo’s Travails: Where Is Osinbajo’s Much Touted Defamation Court Action Against Timi Frank? Muyiwa Olayinka

By Muyiwa Olayinka

Timi Frank

President Buhari just sacked 35 aides of Vice President in an unprecedented move reminiscent of former Vice President Atiku’s travails with his boss, ex-President Obasanjo. Are we going to experience another rehash of the bad blood of 2007?

There have been strident calls for Osinbajo to resign but nothing suggests that he will do so in a hurry. I have been wondering what might have caused his reluctance; my mind went to Timi Franks’s allegation against Osinbajo.

You need to read these scenarios to get my drift:

You be thief, I no be thief, you be robber, I no be robber, you be armed robber, I no be armed robber. Argument continues…… This phrase from one of the songs (Executive Stealing) of late Afro beat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti, aptly captures the essence of this article  

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Timi Frank accuses Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo of corruption

A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank claimed that the ongoing travails of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo might be as a result of the way the Vice President handled the N90b FIRS fund

Frank said: “The presidency discovered how Osinbajo allegedly mismanaged N90billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

“When confronted by the presidency, he confirmed to General Buhari that he indeed allegedly took N90billion from FIRS but it was used for the 2019 presidential election campaign in strategic states of the South-west.

“Gen Buhari asked for a breakdown of how the money was spent and he said he gave N11 billion to Lagos state APC leader but when the said national leader and one former APC chairman were invited for explanation, it was confirmed that Osinbajo gave only N5billion and not N11billion to Lagos state.

“The cabal is asking to know how come they beat PDP in the South-west with less than 60,000 votes if the money was actually spent in the strategic states of the South-west as allegedly claimed.”

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Nigeria’s embattled Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, vows he will waive his constitutional immunity to clear his name over the N90 billion he allegedly received from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for the funding of the 2019 elections.

The Vice President, through his verified twitter handle, @ProfOsinbajo, 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 had mostly 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.”

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Professor Yemi Osinbajo threatened legal action against YouTube on defamation of character

Femi Atoyebi & Co, solicitors acting on behalf of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, has written a petition to Google Nigeria demanding the suspension of a video published by Roots TV on YouTube.

According to the letter, Roots TV was said to have published a material which contained defamatory claims about Osinbajo.

“It is our understanding that you have provided a platform through which an account holder named RootsTV Nigeria, an online news platform that is available through this link… is able to continuously broadcast defamatory contents,” the letter read.

“In the broadcast published on the accounts of RootsTV Nigeria on September 20, 2019, the following incorrect statements and untruths were made:

“a. Our Client was stacking up public funds from agencies directly under his supervision, with a strong insinuation that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) was the principal organ by which the alleged fraud was perpetrated.

“b. Our Client was unable to explain the alleged imbalance and discrepancies on the account of the FIRS on the interrogation of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari.

“c. Our Client was unable to explain the alleged failed disbursement to all beneficiaries under the Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government in Adamawa State.

“Our Client, therefore, demands that you immediately remove and/or suspend the publication/broadcast of the defamatory publication on the account of RootsTV Nigeria on the platform of YouTube.”

The letter, which was signed by Osaro Eghobamien and Femi Atoyebi, said the vice-president will explore legal options if the broadcast is not removed.

Timi Frank in a bold move urged Osinbajo to sue him instead of threatening media houses over his latest revelation, saying he was waiting to receive a court summons. He also asked Osinbajo to resign as the vice president to give room for a thorough investigation and unbiased prosecution in court saying,

“This is important so as not to influence the judiciary as well as use public funds to pursue the case as a sitting vice president,” Frank stated.

This issue has been in public domain for more than two weeks before the latest sacking of Osinbajo’s aides by President Buhari in faraway London, United Kingdom. Unfortunately our Professor of law that has instituted many landmark cases in court has not deemed it fit to charge Timi Frank to court.

Does Osinbajo’s foot dragging on this matter suggest Timi Frank’s allegation may be true? 

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