The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has denied purported reports that its operatives raided the residence of the former governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
The anti-graft agency said the Commission does not carry out investigation on the pages of the newspapers or through the media because their operations are always covert.
In a statement on its official handles, the agency, however, said that “It is instructive that Amabode’s administration, like other former governors, is under investigation since they no longer constitutionally enjoy immunity against prosecution”.
The statement read;
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 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 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.
WuzupNaija had earlier reported that commission’s spokesman, Mr Tony Orilade, told The PUNCH that the operatives were in Ambode’s Epe house as part of investigations.
He said the visit was not a raid but “We are there for ongoing investigation.”
The anti-graft agency had in a recent statement by Orilade announced the freezing of three banks accounts linked to Ambode which were allegedly used in the diversion of N9.9bn in September 2018.
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