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Court Orders Freez­ing of Ambode’s Accounts over Alleged N9.9bn Fraud Accused by the EFCC

Eco­nom­ic and Finan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) Tues­day secured a court order to freeze the sum of N9.9 bil­lion belong­ing to the Lagos State gov­ern­ment.

The funds are domi­ciled in First City Mon­u­ment Bank, FCMB, account num­ber 5617984012; Access Bank account num­ber 0060949275 and Zenith Bank account num­ber 1011691254, respec­tive­ly.

Jus­tice Chu­ka Obio­zor of the Fed­er­al High Court sit­ting in Ikoyi, Lagos gave the order, fol­low­ing an ex-parte appli­ca­tion filed by the EFCC.

The EFCC had prayed the court to freeze the account pend­ing the con­clu­sion of inves­ti­ga­tion and pos­si­ble pros­e­cu­tion of Ade­wale Ade­sanya, the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to for­mer gov­er­nor Akin­wun­mi Ambode of Lagos State.

The appli­cant, EFCC, in an affi­davit deposed to by Kung­mi Daniel, an oper­a­tive of the Com­mis­sion, stat­ed that there was “a huge inflow of N9,927,714,443.29” from the state accounts into an FCMB bank account opened on Sep­tem­ber 17, 2018 dur­ing the admin­is­tra­tion of the imme­di­ate past gov­er­nor of the state and oper­at­ed by Ade­sanya.

It was fur­ther stat­ed that the sched­ule of the FCMB account showed how Ade­sanya and oth­er sig­na­to­ries to the account made fraud­u­lent trans­fer from the accounts of the Lagos State Gov­ern­ment and dis­si­pat­ed the funds housed in the said accounts.

In his sub­mis­sion, coun­sel to the EFCC, Mohammed Abbas, 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).”

Abbas, there­fore, prayed the court to grant an order to tem­porar­i­ly attach and take over the accounts to enable it con­clude its inves­ti­ga­tions.

There have been con­cert­ed efforts and attempts to dis­si­pate the con­tents of the accounts list­ed in the sched­ule to this appli­ca­tion.

With­out freez­ing the nom­i­nat­ed accounts and tem­porar­i­ly for­feit­ing the mon­ey to the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­al Repub­lic of Nige­ria, there is no way the fraud being per­pe­trat­ed using the sched­uled accounts can be stopped,” he fur­ther told the court.

Con­se­quent­ly, Jus­tice Obio­zor grant­ed the prayers of the coun­sel to the Com­mis­sion.

The Judge adjourned fur­ther pro­ceed­ings to Sep­tem­ber 9, 2019.

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