The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has frozen some bank accounts belonging to the Lagos State Government, including Zenith Bank, First City Monument Bank and Access Bank accounts, over an alleged 9.9 billion naira fraud.
Justice Chuka Obiozor ordered the suspension of the bank accounts following an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against the Lagos State Government.
The Federal High Court was urged by the agency to suspend the accounts until the investigation and possible prosecution of the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Governor of Lagos State, Adewale Adesanya, for money laundering were concluded.
Kungmi Daniel, an official of the EFCC, stated in a document tendered with the application that the commission discovered a huge inflow of over 9.9 billion naira transferred from the state accounts into an FCMB account that was opened in 2018, during the past administration under former governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
In the statement, he said: “The trend in the account is that the account always witnessed huge inflow from Lagos State Government in the above-scheduled accounts managed by the respondent (Adesanya). There have been concerted efforts and attempts to dissipate the contents of the accounts listed in the schedule to this application."
Due to further deliberation, the court adjourned the case till the 9th of August, 2019.