The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has said that its officers did not raid ex-governor Ambode’s house in Lagos.
This is contrary to news making the rounds earlier today that officers of the anti-graft agency had visited the Epe country home of Ambode, following an order by Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos to freeze N9.9bn belonging to the Lagos State government but linked to former governor Ambode.
In a post made on its official Facebook page, the EFCC said:
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 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 an 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 an illegal act. We remain committed to the war against corruption.