The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Tuesday, debunked reports that it raided the Epe home of the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode.
Rather, the anti-graft commission said the exercise was part of ongoing investigation into an alleged N9.9billion fraud reportedly committed by the ex-governor and his Chief of Staff while in office.
In a statement issued in Abuja, Tuesday, by EFCC spokesperson, Tony Orilade, the commission said whatever it was doing now was perfectly in order and in tandem with its mandate and the rule of law.
“The 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,” the statement began.
“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 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 illegal act. We remain committed to the war against corruption.”