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‘I don’t have personal links to frozen accounts’ — Ambode on seized N9.9bn by EFCC

Valentine Chinyem

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Following the seizure of N9.9 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), former Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode, has denied having any link to the said amount frozen by the agency.

On Tuesday, the antigraft agency filed a suit at the federal high court in Lagos, seeking an order to freeze three bank accounts belonging to the state government over an alleged fraud of N9.9 billion fraud and the prosecution of Mr. Adewale Adesanya, permanent secretary in the office of the chief of staff to the former governor.

However, a statement issued on Friday by the media aide to the former governor, Habib Aruna, the three accounts frozen belong to the state.

According to him, the accounts were opened for “administrative purposes and not for the former governor’s personal transactions” adding that a statement by the EFCC linking Ambode to the accounts “is misleading.”

“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,” he said.

“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.”

He said the former governor is committed to “the ideals of President Muhammadu Buhari and the founding fathers of the party for the attainment of the next level for Nigeria.”