EFCC Allegedly Raids Ambode’s Epe Residence Over N9.9B Fraud
…No, We Didn’t Raid Former Governor’s House–EFCC
There were indications today that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has allegedly raided the Epe residence of the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode.
Meanwhile, in a swift reaction, EFCC, through its official Facebook account, denied ever raiding Ambode’s house.
Meanwhile, the EFCC has stated in a statement that it did not raid the residence of the former Lagos State governor.
“EFCC has since early hours of today, been inundated with calls that operatives of the Commission raided the residence of the former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.We need to state for the records that the EFCC did not raid Ambode’s house. It is instructive that his administration, like other former governors is under investigation, since they no longer constitutionally enjoy immunity against prosecution,” the agency said.
It continued, “The Commission hereby states with high sense of responsibility that the operatives did not raid Ambode’s residence. Whatever the Commission is presently doing with regards to the investigation is in line with its mandate and the rule of law. We wish to inform the social media to be circumspect in the reportage of any news with regards to investigation activities of the Commission. As a tradition, the Commission does not carry out investigation on the pages of the newspapers or through the media. Our operations are always covert until at a time when we file charges in court. Therefore, the attempt to cast the commission in a bad light is unacceptable as the EFCC will never engage in illegal act. We remain committed to the war against corruption.”
The social media was awash early hours of today with the news that EFCC was raiding Ambode’s Epe, residence.
Abelnews recalled that EFCC on August 6, 2019, had frozen three bank accounts containing a total of N9.9billion linked to Ambode following Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, order to freeze amount belonging to the Lagos State Government.
A statement by EFCC,spokesman, Tony Orilade, titled, ‘EFCC Secures Freezing Order on accounts Linked to Ex-Governor, Ambode over alleged N9.9billion Fraud’, stated that the funds are domiciled in First City Monument Bank account number 5617984012, Access Bank account number 0060949275; and Zenith Bank account number 1011691254.
Justice Chuka Obiozor gave the order, following an ex parte application filed by the EFCC
The anti graft agency had prayed the court to freeze the accounts pending the conclusion of investigations and possible prosecution of the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to former Governor, Ambode. Adewale Adesanya,