In a petition to the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, the Vice President called for investigation of the allegation, saying his accuser, one Jackson Ude, was in the habit of publishing false and malicious allegation against him.
In the petition, by his lawyer, Mr. Taiwo Osipitan, the VP said the publication was capable of bringing him to public ridicule.
Ude who was former Director of Strategy and Communications under President Goodluck Jonathan administration, had in the publication, an online platform, claimed that Magu embezzled the sum of N39billion out of which he allegedly gave the sum of N4billion to Osinbajo for what he described as soft landing.
Part of the petition, reads, “On the 8th of July 2020, Mr. Ude wrote and published on his website materials/stories which are criminally defamatory of our client. We have the instructions of our client that the said publications are injuriously false in every respect.
“These vicious and malicious publications are meant to achieve one objective only, to present to his readership and others (Nigerians and foreigners) that our client is a dishonest and disloyal public officer and consequently unfit for the position of Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he is occupying.
“We are of the view that unless an action for criminal defamation is commenced against the said Mr. Jackson Ude, he will continue to use his social media platform to publish materials that are false and criminally defamatory of our client’s reputation.
“In view of the above, we humbly request that you cause the above allegations made against our client to be investigated and if the suggested investigation confirms our complaint of the falsehood of these allegations, to initiate criminal proceedings pursuant to the provisions of Sections 391-395 of the Penal Code Act for criminal defamation against the said Jackson Ude.”