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Ambode, other former governors under investigation—EFCC

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THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is currently investigating former governors in the country including the immediate past governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.

The EFCC did not state the identities of other former governors that are currently under investigation since they left office on May 29 and lost their immunity.

News filtered in early Tuesday that Ambode’s home in Epe area of Lagos was raided by operatives of the EFCC.

However, in a reaction, acting Spokesperson of the Commission, Tony Orilade said operatives did not raid the former governor’s home.

“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,” Orilade said.

In a statement titled “We Did Not Raid Ex-Gov. Ambode’s Residence,” sent to The ICIR, the EFCC spokesperson said he was inundated with calls that operatives of the Commission raided the residence of the former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.

“The Commission hereby states with high sense of responsibility that the operatives did not raid Ambode’s residence,” he explained.

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Orilade said whatever the “Commission is presently doing with regards to the investigation is in line with its mandate and the rule of law.”

He urged the social media to be circumspect in the reportage of any news with regards to investigation activities of the Commission.

Noting that the Commission will never engage in illegal act but remains committed to the war against corruption, he stressed that the EFCC 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,” he added.

 

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