N9bn fraud: EFCC combs Ambode’s house in Lagos

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday raided the home of Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of Lagos state, in Epe area of the state.

Confirming the development,  Tony Orilade, EFCC spokesman, told TheCable that ”Yes, we received petitions regarding the governor, and we are investigating,.”

He also confirmed that the search of Ambode’s home  “is part of the investigation.”

Recall that a federal high court in Lagos had ordered the freezing of three bank accounts allegedly linked to the former governor over a N9.9 billion fraud.

The accounts are domiciled in First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Access Bank, and Zenith Bank with numbers 5617984012, 0060949275 and 1011691254 respectively

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The EFCC had prayed the court to freeze the accounts pending the conclusion of an investigation and possible prosecution of Adewale Adesanya,  a former of the ex-governor.

Ambode had since denied operating those accounts, saying he had no personal links to them.

Ambode said in a statement that, “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 unauthorised use of government property and resources.”

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