Alleged Fraud: No N9.9bn Traced To My Account – Ambode
The immediate past governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, says no account of his contained N9.9bn let alone being frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He said this in a statement on Friday by his media aide, Habib Aruna, while reacting to the ruling of the Federal High Court which ordered the freezing of three bank accounts linked to the Lagos State Government.
Justice Chuka Obiozor made the order on Tuesday following an ex parte application by the EFCC over alleged N9.9bn fraud.
The commission had urged the judge to freeze the account ‘pending the conclusion of the investigation and possible prosecution of Adewale Adesanya, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’.
Mr Ambode, however, said he served Lagos well with utmost dedication and integrity and his record is clear and his mind joyful for the opportunity to have served the state diligently.
According to him, there has been no communication between him and the EFCC on the issue and the accounts in question belong to the Lagos State government and not any individual.
The statement said, “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 unauthorised 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 former governor, therefore called for support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) both at the state and national levels, in order to continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of Lagos and Nigerians respectively.
He, therefore, reassured Nigerians that he remains committed to the ideals of President Muhammadu Buhari and the founding fathers of the ruling party for national growth and development.
Ambode also extended warm Sallah greetings to the President, and his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; as well as the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, among others.