Nigeria’s Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says he is ready to waive his constitutional immunity in order to be investigated.
Osinbajo made this known on Wednesday in a tweet on his Twitter handle @ProfOsibanjo, saying ; “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.”
Timi Frank, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had alleged that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) made N90 billion available to the vice president for election campaign, an allegation that the tax agency has denied.
Frank has since responded urging the FIRS to stop deceiving Nigerians.
Frank said he cannot be intimidated by the agency’s threat to sue him, describing the agency’s statements as a “puerile attempt to sweep the main issues in his public statement under the carpet”.
He said the FIRS cannot continue to deceive Nigerians by claiming “unfounded budgetary fidelity”.