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JUST IN: EFCC operatives raid Ambode’s house in Epe
THE home of former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode in Epe area of Lagos was Tuesday morning raided by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Multiple sources including those within the EFCC confirmed that the former governor’s home was indeed raided in connection with an ongoing investigation on him by the agency.
Acting Spokesperson of EFCC, Tony Orilade could not be reached immediately as his mobile phone as switched off while SMS sent to the phone was not replied. However, The Cable quoted him as confirming the operation.
He said men of the anti-graft agency were truly at Ambode’s home Tuesday morning.
Orilade said the raid was part of an investigation.
The ICIR learned that the raid took place in the absence of the former governor who was said to be out of the country.
He said the visit was not a raid but “We are there for ongoing investigation.”
Orilade had announced in a statement that EFCC through a Lagos Federal High Court ruling secured order to freeze the sum of N9.9bn belonging to the Lagos State government.
The EFCC had prayed the court to freeze the account pending the conclusion of investigation and possible prosecution of Adewale Adesanya, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Ambode however, refuted the report that his account was frozen.
“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,” he said in a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Habib Haruna.