There was confusion yesterday over an alleged raid on the residence of former Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
News had earlier filtered in that the EFCC was searching the Epe home of the former governor, with many online news platforms claiming the acting public relations officer of the commission, Tony Orilade, confirmed the development.
But hours later, Orilade issued a statement saying: “The 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 a high sense of responsibility that the operatives did not raid Ambode’s residence. Whatever the commission is presently doing with regard to the investigation is in line with its mandate and the rule of law.”
Two weeks ago, a court in Lagos froze bank accounts linked to Ambode over an alleged N9.9 billion fraud. The former governor, however, denied any connection with the accounts.