The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has accused a former governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode of unleashing his hoodlums to attack its operatives.
The anti-graft agency had gone to execute a search warrant on Ambode’s residence in his hometown, Epe.
In a statement on Tuesday evening, EFCC’s head of media and publicity said that the commission “had obtained a valid warrant to conduct a search on Ambode’s residences in Park View, Ikoyi and country home in Epe, as part of an ongoing investigation of alleged malfeasance”.
He said the operatives were attacked and prevented from executing the search warrant in Epe by “irate youths” who injured three officers and damaged the EFCC official vehicle.
“The attack was totally unprovoked as the Commission’s operatives were civic and did not molest anybody. The Commission, therefore, frowns at the attempt to manipulate the video of the search to create the wrong impression that officers of the agency molested residents at the Epe home of the governor. It is also not true that the search was an attempt to plant foreign currencies in the home of the former governor,” he said.
The agency had earlier denied carrying out a raid on Ambode’s residence, insisting that its operatives were on a legitimate duty.