The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC), on Tuesday denied raiding the Epe residence of the immediate past governor of Lagos State,Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, explaining that its operatives only went there for investigation.
Recall that the operatives of the commission had in the early hours of Tuesday stormed Ambode’s residence in Epe as part of investigation into three bank accounts containing a total sum of N9.9 billion linked to the former governor.
Following reports that the presence of the EFCC operatives was the aftermath of a raid, the commission in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Tony Orilade said: “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 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.”