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N9.9Billion Fraud: Akinwunmi Ambode Denies Allegations 

Former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has insisted that the bank accounts frozen by the EFCC do not belong to him.

Funsho Akinwale

Akinwunmi Ambode, the immediate past governor of Lagos, on Friday, disclosed that he knew nothing about the bank accounts frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, adding that he has no such money in any of his accounts.

The anti-graft agency, after the discovery of the funds in Zenith Bank, Access and First City Monument Bank, had to seek order from a federal judge to freeze the accounts before linking them to the former governor.

EFCC revealed that N9.9 billion was paid from the state government’s accounts into the FCMB account opened on September 17, 2018, and operated by Adewale Adesanya, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to Mr Ambode.

Ambode has, however, denied the allegations in his response, noting that the bank accounts belong to the state government not him or any individual.

“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.

“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,” Haruna, his media aide, said.