Wednesday 15 July 2020:
A media aide and tribesman to Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo denies that the suspended boss of Nigeria’s ace Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, gave a 4 billion naira bribe to the Vice President.
Ibrahim Magu is facing a presidential panel for allegedly cornering to himself and cronies choice properties and millions of dollars that were recovered from corrupt officials.
Ibrahim Magu immediately implicated the Vice President. But the Vice President is a professor of law and knows the full implication of his alleged complicity.
The Attorney General accuses the anti-graft head of selling off assets that were recovered during corruption investigations, and of “insubordination.”
And an esteemed government critic website, Pointblanknews.com, insists that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo ordered Magu to release the 4 billion naira on the “very day the president left the country for the United Kingdom on medical treatment.”
In the light of the stench Ibrahim Magu’s arrest is uncovering, Nigerians may soon discover how much millions of pounds sterling their president siphoned out of the country under the pretext of medical treatments. And how much his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo, looted behind him on such occasions.
The President’s medical trips to UK since he came to power in 2015 were no less than five times.
His first medical trip to London, on June 6, 2016, which lasted for 10 days, was over an ear infection; while the second lasted 51 days for an undisclosed ailment. He was again away for 104 days, from May 8, 2017, till August 19, 2017, for his third medical trip to the UK.
On September 21, he left from the US to the UK for the fourth medical trip and returned to Nigeria on September 25, 2017.
In his fifth medical trip to London, Buhari left on May 8, 2018, and returned on May 11, 2018.