Court freezes N10bn Found In Ambode’s Aide ‘s Account


Immediate past Gov. of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

 

 

The Federal High Court, Lagos today, ordered the freezing of three bank accounts said to be belonging to the Lagos State Government over an alleged fraud of N9.9 billion.

The three bank accounts are domiciled in First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Access Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc numbered 5617984012, 0060949275 and 1011691254, respectively.

The court presided over by Justice Chuka Obiozor, ordered that the accounts be frozen following an exparte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In the exparte application, filed and argued by EFCC lawyer, Mohammed Abbas, the commission prayed the court to freeze the account pending the conclusion of investigation and possible prosecution of Mr Adewale Adesanya, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to former Governor Akinwumi Ambode.

The EFCC in an affidavit filed in support of the exparte application and deposed to by Mr. Kungmi Daniel, a member of the EFCC investigating team, said the commission discovered “a huge inflow of N9,927,714,443.29” from the state government accounts into an FCMB bank account opened on September 17, 2018 during the administration of former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and operated by Adesanya.

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

He also stated that the trend is that the account always witnessed huge inflow from Lagos State Government in the above scheduled accounts managed by the respondent (Adesanya).

Thanks EFCC lawyer said upon the receipt of intelligence, the commission analysed it and found it worthy of investigation.

He consequently urged the court to grant the application by making an order to temporarily attach and take over the accounts to enable the anti-graft agency to 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,” the EFCC said.

After listening to submission by the EFCC lawyer, Mohammed Abbas, Justice Obiozor granted the prayers.

He then adjourned further proceedings in the matter till September 9, 2019.

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