Former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has finally reacted to allegations making the rounds that the N9.9 billion seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) allegedly belonging to him, stating that he does not have personal links to the said accounts.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had, on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, ordered the freezing of three bank accounts belonging to the state government over an alleged fraud of N9.9 billion fraud when Ambode was in office.
The order was sequel to an application by EFCC which says it is prosecuting Adewale Adesanya who was a permanent secretary in the office of the Chief of Staff to the governor, for alleged money laundering.
In a statement signed by Ambode’s media aide, Habib Aruna, the former governor said the three frozen accounts did not belong to him but to the state.
Ambode explained that the accounts were opened for ‘administrative purposes and not for his personal transactions’, adding that a statement by the EFCC linking him to the accounts was misleading.
The statement reads in part:
“Those accounts were opened in the course of normal operations by the Lagos State government for its administrative purposes and not for the former governor’s personal transactions as was being wrongly insinuated and have been operated to ensure smooth operations of government activities by previous and present administrations.
The former governor was not and will never be involved in any unauthorized use of government property and resources.
We strongly believe that after four demanding years as Chief Executive of Lagos State, Mr. Ambode is entitled to some deserved rest with his family and loved ones without the unwarranted attacks on his well-earned reputation.”