Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has threatened to sue Google Nigeria Services over ‘false allegations‘ made against him on a YouTube page.
The Nigeria’s no. 2 citizens who has been a victims of false allegation and fake news in recent times threaten to sue Google with a libel suit for running a video of alleged N90bn FIRS campaign funds on its YouTube platform.
A video report published on September 20 on the video-sharing site by Roots TV Nigeria alleged that Mr Osinbajo “used” federal agencies under his supervision as vice president “to stack funds” for 2023 general elections.
The allegation is based mainly on a claim made by Katch Ononuju, described in the report as a political analyst.
Ononuju in the Roots TV report said there is an “anticipation” that Mr Osinbajo will run for president in 2023.
In a letter cited by BreezeReporters, addressed to Google Nigeria Services by Femi Atoyebi, SAN, Osinbajo is demanding for a retraction of the video, as well as suspension of the publisher, RootsTV, from its YouTube platform.
The vice president’s lawyers said in the letter to Google that the report was untrue and defamatory.
“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 lawyers said.
The letter was delivered to the Google office in Lagos.
This comes barely 24hours after the vice-president through his counsel, Femi Falana, SAN, compelled Vanguard Newspapers to retract a similar publication about him with an apology.
Vanguard’s apology which was signed by its Editor had read ”On our website publication of Monday, September 23, 2019 we published a story titled “N90bn FIRS Election Fund: Osinbajo’s problem, not 2023 politics.” We have since discovered that the story lacks factual substance and we hereby retract it in its entirety
”We tender our profound apology to Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on whom the story touches directly and the All Progressives Congress, A.P.C. for any inconvenience or embarrassment the publication has occasioned them. We hold Professor Osinbajo, S.A.N. in the highest esteem.