TheCabel, a news publishing firm in Nigeria, reports the petition of the Vice President Osinbajo which was written to Google, demanding the suspension of a video published by Roots TV on YouTube
The petition which was written through his solicitors, Femi Atoyebi & Co, and signed by Osaro Eghobamien and Femi Atoyebi, also said that the vice-president is ready to explore legal options if the video is not removed.
The content of the video which is demanded to be brought down is in relation to the allegations made by Timi Frank and Katch Ononuju earlier this week.
According to the letter seen by TheCable, Roots TV was said to have published a material which contained defamatory claims about Osinbajo.
“It is our understanding that you have provided a platform through which an account holder named RootsTV Nigeria, an online news platform that is available through this link… is able to continuously broadcast defamatory contents,” the letter read.
“In the broadcast published on the accounts of RootsTV Nigeria on September 20, 2019, the following incorrect statements and untruths were made:
“a. Our Client was stacking up public funds from agencies directly under his supervision, with a strong insinuation that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) was the principal organ by which the alleged fraud was perpetrated.
“b. Our Client was unable to explain the alleged imbalance and discrepancies on the account of the FIRS on the interrogation of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari.
“c. Our Client was unable to explain the alleged failed disbursement to all beneficiaries under the Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government in Adamawa State.
“Our Client, therefore, demands that you immediately remove and/or suspend the publication/broadcast of the defamatory publication on the account of RootsTV Nigeria on the platform of YouTube.”