Ambode denies links to N9.9bn seized by EFCC

Akinwunmi Ambode

Immediate past governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has denied a statement attributed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleging that it had frozen certain accounts linked to him.

The former governor said no account of his contained N9.9 billion let alone being frozen by the EFCC.


He said that in the spirit of Sallah and having served Lagos well with utmost dedication and integrity, his record is very clear and his mind joyful for the opportunity to have served the state diligently.

In a statement on Friday by his media aide, Habib Aruna, Ambode said while he did not intend to join issues with the anti-corruption agency at this time especially as there has been no communication between him and the commission on this issue, it is pertinent to clarify what he believed was a misleading import of the press statement on Tuesday.

According to the former governor, the accounts in question that were frozen by the Federal High Court belong to the Lagos State Government and 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. 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,” the statement said.


Ambode also extended warm Sallah greetings to President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Bola Tinubu, and the entire leadership of his party.

He also wished Lagosians well in the spirit of the season.