The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its operatives were attacked by hoodlums loyal to Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of Lagos, on Tuesday.
The anti-graft agency had gone to execute a search warrant on Ambode’s residence in his hometown, Epe.
Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s head of media and publicity, said in a statement on Tuesday evening that the commission “had obtained valid warrant to conduct search on Ambode’s residences in Park View, Ikoyi and country home in Epe, as part of ongoing investigation of alleged malfeasance”.
“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.
A group of lawyers had also alleged that the EFCC wanted to planted incriminating evidence at Ambode’s house in Epe. (The Cable)