OPERATIVES of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday morning raided the Epe home of the former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Close allies of the Ambode who is said to be out of the country confirmed that the raid took place.
Ambode has been linked to N9.9billion fraud following which EFCC secured a court order to freeze the sum of N9.9bn belonging to the Lagos State government.
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 said men of the anti-graft agency were truly at Ambode’s home Tuesday morning.
Orilade said the raid was part of an investigation.
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.
But Ambode denied the report that his account was frozen insisting that the said accounts were opened in the course of normal operations by the Lagos State Government for its administrative purposes and not for his personal transactions.
“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.