The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has admitted that it is investigating former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode because he no longer enjoys immunity from prosecution.
Today’s Echo had earlier reported that operatives of the EFCC stormed Ambode’s house at Epe on Tuesday in connection to a N9.9 billion fraud investigation being conducted by the commission.
The commission however, argued that it did not raid the residence of the former governor and the incidence that happened on Tuesday is being distorted by the media to cast the commission in a wrong light.
The EFCC maintained that whatever it is doing is perfectly in line with the rule of law.
See the full statement released by the EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade below:
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 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.
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.