Today (20/08/2019) agents of Nigeria’s corruption czar, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC raided the home of the former governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode in Epe area of Lagos. Ambode was not in the country as he is said to have traveled out of the country on the eve of the inauguration of the present governor.
Youths in the community came out to confront EFCC operatives at the gate of the Governor’s home as the raid was going on.
According to EFCC spokesperson, Tony Orilade, the former Governor and one time accountant general of Nigeria’s economic capital is under a corruption probe mainly for his stewardship during his single 4 year tenure in Lagos state Government house.
TNV can confirm the the country residence of Mr Ambode in Epe, his hometown of was being searched as of 9:35 a.m. when Mr Orilade responded to enquiries by pressmen to affirm the development.
The residence of the former governor’s chief of staff in the same Epe neighbourhood was also being searched.
Speculations are flying around that billions of naira were misappropriated mostly during the last days of Mr Ambode in office. Operatives of EFCC and regular other intelligence personnel have been busy trying to untangle all webs around the alledged corruption.
About two weeks ago, multiple bank accounts holding billions and linked to Mr Ambode were frozen as part of the probe.
Mr Ambode denied links to both the accounts and any allegations of corruption while in office.
The EFCC has issued the following statement, saying whatever it is doing with regards to the investigation “is in line with its mandate and the rule of law.”
The commission however denied raiding Mr Ambode’s residence.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has since early hours of today, been inundated with calls that operatives of the Commission raided the residence of the former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.
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.
The Commission hereby states with high sense of responsibility that the operatives did not raid Ambode’s residence.
The anti-graft agency had in a recent statement by Orilade announced the freezing of three banks accounts linked to Ambode which were allegedly used in the diversion of N9.9bn in September 2018.