Osinbajo, the VP denies owning Ikoyi land and threatens legal action against Sahara reporters.
NaijaNews reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has expressed his sadness over the events in Lagos on Monday, November 1, 2021, in which a high-rise building under construction on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, collapsed.
He expresses his condolences to the families and relatives of all those who died, were injured, or were affected by the collapse.
Prof. Osinbajo has stated that he considers the tragic loss of life to be a terrible tragedy.
He goes on to say that his attention has been drawn to an obviously sponsored falsehood about the recently collapsed building published by Sahara Reporters on November 4th, 2021, to the e-mail address.
1. The VP owns the land upon which the collapsed building in Ikoyi stood.
2. That the said land was sold to him by Chief Michael Ade-Ojo, Chairman of Elizade Motors; and
3. That the Vice President, at some point, intervened with the regulatory authorities in Lagos State to unseal the said property.
The Vice President made it absolutely clear that he does not own and has never owned the said land.
He has also never been involved, in any shape or form, in the development of this or any other land since he became Vice President.
At no time whatsoever did the VP buy this or any other piece of land from Chief Michael Ade-Ojo, or entered into any transaction for the sale of that land or any other piece of land from Chief Ade-Ojo or anyone for that matter.
All property and assets owned by the Vice President have been publicly declared.
Also, the Vice President has never spoken to the Governor of Lagos State or any other official of the State Government regarding the unsealing of the said building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, which subsequently collapsed.
He has, indeed, never acted to influence any other regulatory action on the collapsed building, or any other building for that matter, in Lagos State.
The Vice President restates categorically that he has no interest whatsoever, and has never had any interest, either legally or beneficially, in the land, the building, or development.
The wickedness and viciousness of a lie that seeks to utilize a tragedy where so many people have lost their lives, even as rescue efforts are ongoing, and in wanton disregard to the feelings and untold grief of their loved ones for political gain, reveals dangerous desperation, as well as the heartlessness of the perpetrators of such despicable lies.
Sahara Reporters were undoubtedly well rewarded for their criminal and inhumane conduct.
Typical of a hatchet job and deliberately irresponsible journalism, the publication was not signed by anyone.
The Vice President has referred this disgraceful publication to his lawyers for prompt legal action.