Agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) raided the residence of Akinwumi Ambode, former governor of Lagos state, in Epe area of the state, on Tuesday.
The spokesman Tony Orilade, confirmed this to The Legend, “Yes, we received petition regarding the governor, and we are investigating, not raiding”.
A federal high court in Ikoyi, Lagos had on Tuesday, ordered the freezing of three bank accounts allegedly linked to the Ambode, the former governor of Lagos State over a N9.9 billion fraud following an ex parte application by the EFCC.
The EFCC had prayed the court to freeze the accounts pending the conclusion of an investigation and possible prosecution of Adewale Adesanya, permanent secretary in the office of the chief of staff to the governor of the state, for money laundering
Kungmi Daniel, a member of the EFCC investigating team, said the anti-graft agency discovered “a huge inflow of N9,927,714,443.29” from the state accounts into an FCMB bank account opened on September 17, 2018 during the administration of Ambode.
He said the account was operated by Adesanya.
Ambode denied operating those accounts, saying he had no personal links to them.
“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 had said in a statement issued by Habib Aruna, his media aide.
“The former governor was not and will never be involved in any unauthorised use of government property and resources.”