Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to prosecute a blogger, Jackson Ude, the publisher of Point Blank News, for criminal defamation.
The vice president, who has been on a low key since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, made the request in a petition dated July 8, 2020.
It was titled, ‘Criminal Defamation of the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), GCON by Jackson Ude’.
The petition was written on behalf of the vice president by Bayo Osipitan, alleging that Mr. Jackson authored a story in which it was alleged that the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, who is facing a Presidential probe, told the investigative panel that he gave N4bn to Osinbajo.
Mr. Osinbajo, who is a pastor, claimed that Ude is in the habit of publishing malicious articles against his person. He also attached printed copies of some of the blogger’s reports to the petition.
Osinbajo said the articles were defamatory and capable of bringing him to ridicule before members of the public.
He therefore urged the IGP to prosecute Ude.
The vice president alleged that Ude also likened him to alleged international fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, by calling him ‘Hush-bajo’.
The petition partly read, “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 daid 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.”
Mr. Ude had challenged Osinbajo in a tweet to take him to court if his hands were clean.