Former governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode Friday said he had no bank account containing N9.9bn.
He was reacting to the alleged N9.9bn fraud linked to him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A Federal High Court in Lagos had on Tuesday ordered the freezing of three accounts belonging to the Lagos State Government over an alleged fraud of N9.9bn.
Ambode said in the spirit of Sallah and having served Lagos with utmost dedication and integrity, his record was very clear.
In a statement released on his behalf by his media aide, Habib Aruna, Ambode said while he did not intend to join issues with the anti-corruption agency at this time, it was pertinent to clarify what he believed was a misleading information.
“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 unauthorized use of government property and resources,” the statement read.
“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 statement added that the former Governor believed that at this critical time in our polity, all hands must be on deck to support “our great Party the All Progressives Congress (APC) both at the State and national levels in order to continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to Lagosians and Nigerians respectively.”