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The media including online publications were awash of reports of EFCC swooping on Ambode’s house at Epe in continuation of its investigation of an alleged N9.9 billion fraud involving the Chief of Staff to the governor.

Ambode was said to be out of the country when the anti-graft agency’s officials came calling.

The EFCC had in a recent statement by the acting Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Tony Orilade  announced the freezing of three banks accounts allegedly used for the diversion of N9.9 billion in September 2018.

But in a fresh statement on Tuesday, Orilade denied that the agency carried out any raid on the former governor’s house.

“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. “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,” the EFCC said.

It added: “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.

“The Commission hereby states with high sense of responsibility that the operatives did not raid Ambode’s residence.”

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