Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday raided the residence of the immediate past governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode at Epe, his home town.
Confirming the development, the EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade told reporters that the anti-graft agency had received petitions against Ambode and that it was investigating his administration.
Orilade added that the raid was part of the ongoing investigations into the alleged fraudulent activities perpetrated during Ambode’s administration.
A Federal High Court in Lagos had earlier ordered the freezing of three bank accounts allegedly linked to the former governor which are said to contain over N9.9 billion following an ex parte application by the EFCC.
The accounts are said to be domiciled in First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Access Bank and Zenith Bank with numbers 5617984012, 0060949275 and 1011691254 respectively
The EFCC had prayed the court to freeze the accounts pending the conclusion of an investigation and possible prosecution of Adewale Adesanya, the Permanent Secretary in the office of the Chief of Staff to the former governor for money laundering.
A member of the EFCC investigating team, Kungmi Daniel said they discovered a huge inflow of N9,927,714,443.29 from the state accounts into an FCMB bank account opened on September 17, 2018 and operated by Adesanya.
However, Ambode, through a statement issued by his media aide, Habib Aruna 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,” the statement said.
“The former governor was not and will never be involved in any unauthorized use of government property and resources,” it added.