The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) denied, Tuesday, that its operatives raided the home of the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.
It a statement by its acting spokesman, Tony Orilade, said it is untrue that the commission carried out any raid on Amode’s residence.
Reports have been rife in the social media, Tuesday morning, that the residence of Ambode in his hometown of Epe was being searched and that of the former governor’s chief of staff in the same Epe neighbourhood.
Billions of naira were allegedly misappropriated in the four years of Ambode in office, and detectives have been busy trying to untangle all webs around the alledged corruption.
About two weeks ago, multiple bank accounts holding billions and linked to Ambode were frozen as part of the probe.
Ambode denied links to both the accounts and any allegations of corruption while in office.
The EFCC statement denying the raid said it “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.
“Whatever the Commission is presently doing with regards to the investigation is in line with its mandate and the rule of law.
“We wish to inform the social media to be circumspect in the reportage of any news with regards to investigation activities of the Commission.
“As a tradition, the Commission does not carry out investigation on the pages of the newspapers or through the media. Our operations are always covert until at a time when we file charges in court.
“Therefore, the attempt to cast the Commission in a bad light is unacceptable as the EFCC will never engage in illegal act. We remain committed to the war against corruption.”