By Uche Mbah
Former Lagos state Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, has distanced himself from the N9.9 billion frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, coming short of calling it outright lies.
A Federal High Court has ordered the freezing of accounts the EFCC claimed belonged to the former governor.
The Accounts were domiciled in Zenith, Access and First City Monument(FCMB), Banks.
Recall that EFCC had insisted that the money was paid from the State account into the FCMB account opened on September 17 last year, and operated by Adewale Adesanya, the permanent secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to the then Governor.
But Ambode had denied that any money was paid into his account. He claimed the account in question belongs to the Lagos state government.
In a statement Friday signed by his media Aid Habib Haruna, Ambody said he should be left alone to enjoy his retirement in peace.
“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,” Ambode said.
”The former governor was not and will never be involved in any unauthorized use of government property and resources.
“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.”
According to him, while he did not intend to join issues with the anti-corruption agency, especially as there had been no communication between them on the issue, he needed to clarify what he believed was a misleading import of the press statement by the EFCC on Tuesday.