Former governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday denied involvement in the alleged N9.9bn fraud said to have been discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC).
Recall that the EFCC recently froze a bank account containing N9.9 billion alleged to have been proceeds of fraud and belonging to the Lagos State government.
Reports made the rounds that the account belonged to Ambode.
But the former governor says none of his accounts contain N9.9 billion, let alone being frozen by the EFCC.
He said in the spirit of Sallah and having served Lagos State well, his record was clear.
A statement by his media aide, Habib Aruna, said the former governor did not intend to join issues with the anti-corruption agency as there had not been any communication between him and the commission on the issue, adding that he only wanted to clear his name.
According to him, the account frozen by the federal high courts belongs to the Lagos State Government.
“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 former governor was not and will never be involved in any unauthorized use of government property and resources.
“We strongly believe that after four demanding years as Chief Executive of Lagos State, Mr. Ambode is entitled to some deserved rest with his family and loved ones without the unwarranted attacks on his well-earned reputation,” the statement said.