Lagos State former governor Akinwunmi Ambode has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions, EFCC, of searching his houses in the Ikoyi and Epe areas of the state without contacting him.
Operatives of the anti-graft agency raided Ambode’s residences on Tuesday.
The anti-graft agency spokesman, Mr Tony Orilade, in a statement insisted the visit was “not a raid, we are there for an ongoing investigation.”
The EFCC had also in a recent statement by Orilade announced the freezing of three banks accounts allegedly linked to Ambode, which were allegedly used in the diversion of N9.9bn from the coffers of Lagos State Government in September 2018.
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But Ambode denied any wrongdoing, saying he was ready to answer questions whenever called upon by the EFCC.
In a statement on Tuesday by his media aide, Habib Aruna, the former governor said till date the anti-graft agency had yet to communicate with him.
Ambode, who is out of the country, added the EFCC operatives’ visit to his houses on Tuesday was without any prior notice.
A video clip circulating online showed that the EFCC operatives who went to Ambode’s house in Epe were challenged by a large crowd of Epe residents. Epe is Ambode’s stronghold.
In the statement by his media aide, Ambode appealed to his supporters to be law-abiding, saying there was no cause for alarm.
The statement read partly, “This morning, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission visited the Epe country home and Parkview, Ikoyi residence of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, a former governor of Lagos State, with warrants to conduct a search. These searches were carried out extensively and the operatives left without any incident.
“The former governor reiterates that the EFCC has till date not had any direct communication with him on any subject matter whatsoever and if or when it occurs he is ready and willing to respond.”
Ambode is under investigation for an alleged N9.9 billion fraud.