Collapsed Ikoyi Building: Osinbajo Threatens Sahara Reporters With Lawsuit

Collapsed Ikoyi Building: Osinbajo Threatens Sahara Reporters With Lawsuit

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has denied being the owner of the site on which the collapsed Ikoyi high-rise building was built, according to a Sahara Reporters article published on November 4, 2021.

According to the internet news outlet, Osinbajo purchased the estate from Chief Michael Ade Ojo, OON, MW before becoming Vice President. It was also claimed in the magazine that the Vice President used his office’s clout to get building approval for the project in violation of construction codes.

Osinbajo debunked this in a letter addressed to the publisher, Sahara Reporters which also drew the attention of Omoyele Sowore through his solicitor, Femi Atoyebi & Co. Solicitors, and Notaries.

The letter read in part, “Regrettably, your publication offered no credible source to the story beyond a local food hawker in the neighbourhood! Transactions of this nature are always in public records and a prudent and well-meaning journalist would have undertaken a simple task of applying to search the records to ascertain who the parties to the sale transaction of the land are or, cross check his facts with our client before rushing to the press. This you intentionally failed to do.”

The solicitor further wrote, “For the records and avoidance of doubt, our client hereby vehemently denies your said allegations as factually baseless, reckless and malicious as he did not buy the said land or any other land (for that maker) from Chief Ade Ojo), nor does he own/hold any interest in the said land.”

While dissociating that the Vice President from the allegations, Atoyebi wrote, “We also categorically state that our client is not in any way connected to the sale or purchase of the land in question. It is also complete falsehood that the developer is fronting for him on the projector, that he did anything to influence his planning approval in any way.”

The letter read further, “At a time of national tragedy when responsible citizens are in a somber mood as a result of the loss of dozens of lives in the unfortunate incident, it is deeply saddening that your organisation chose to latch on to the situation to attempt to score a cheap political point against our client.

“We have our client’s instructions that your wild, unfounded, malicious, and wicked publication aforesaid is both reckless and a figment of your contrived wicked imagination.

“We cannot but agree that your said publication was maliciously contrived and calculated to drag our client’s name in the mud and destroy his hard-earned reputation which he has laboured over so many decades to build. We further view your publication as a calculated attempt to ridicule our client and soil his soaring image in the eyes of well-meaning and peace-loving Nigerians.

The Vice President, therefore, demanded, “immediate retraction of your malicious, libellous and irresponsible publication within forty-eight (48) hours of the date of this letter in the same conspicuous medium and coverage by which you published it with a Letter of apology to be published in the same medium; in addition to publication in two widely circulated National dailies, failing which our next instructions are to ensure that we set the machinery of the law against your organization and publishers with substantial and punitive damages. This we intend to do without further recourse or notice to you.”

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