Breaking News: EFCC raids former Lagos Gov. Ambode’s residence
The immediate past governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode could be a guest of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) anytime soon as it has been reported that agents of the anti-graft agency have raided his residence in the Epe area of the state.
The spokesman of the EFCC, Tony Orilade, who confirmed the raid on the home of Akinwunmi Ambode said the agency had received petitions against the former governor and that it was investigating his administration.
”Yes, we received petitions regarding the former governor and we are investigating,” Orilade said in a response to a from The Cable.
When asked if agents of the commission were at the residence of the governor, Orilade also answered in the affirmative, saying it was “part of the investigations.”
Recall that a few weeks ago, a Federal High Court in Lagos had ordered the freezing of three bank accounts said to be linked to Ambode containing over N9.9 billion said to be proceeds from fraudulent transactions following an ex parte application by the EFCC.
The accounts were domiciled in First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Access Bank, and Zenith Bank with numbers 5617984012, 0060949275 and 1011691254 respectively
In the motion, the EFCC had prayed the court to freeze the accounts pending the conclusion of an investigation and possible prosecution of Adewale Adesanya, a Permanent Secretary in the office of the Chief of Staff to the governor of the state for money laundering.
Ambode had denied operating those accounts, saying he had no personal links to them.
In a statement by his media aide, Habib Aruna, the former governor denied having anything to do with the accounts.
“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,” the statement had said.