N9.9bn Fraud: Ambode’s Chief Of Staff Breaks Silence On EFCC’s Raid
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (image courtesy: Lagos State Government)

Samuel Olakunle Ojo, former Chief of Staff to ex-Governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode, has denied reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) raided his house with that of his former boss over alleged N9.9 billion fraud.

Concise News reports that Ojo added that he was neither involved in any fraud nor his house raided by the anti-graft agency during their visit to Epe on Tuesday.

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In a statement made available to journalists in Lagos on Tuesday by his Media aide, Cornelius Kayode, the former Chief of Staff stressed that the house raided by the agency in Epe did not belong to him, but the former Personal Assistant to Ambode, Bunmi Ariyo.

“The former Chief of Staff did not build any house in Epe as claimed. The House raided by EFCC belongs to Bunmi Ariyo who was the former governor’s Personal Assistance,” the statement read.

EFCC reacts

The EFCC denied raiding Ambode’s house.

“The Commission hereby states with a high sense of responsibility that the operatives did not raid Ambode’s residence,” it said in a statement on Tuesday.

“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.”

The anti-graft agency said as a tradition, the Commission did not carry out an investigation on the pages of the newspapers or through the media.

They were said to have stormed Ambode’s house around 9:45 am and the residence of the former governor’s chief of staff in the same Epe neighbourhood.

Ambode had on August 9, denied a N9.9bn fraud linked to him by the Commission, after which a Federal High Court in the state ordered the freezing of three accounts belonging to the State Government over the alleged fraud.

In a statement released by his media aide, Habib Aruna, Ambode said while he did not intend to join issues with the anti-corruption agency at the time, it was pertinent to clarify what he believed was 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.”