By Ayo Kehinde
This may not be the best of times for the immediate past governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwumi Ambode who failed to secure a second term in office under controversial circumstances, as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, obtained a Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday to freeze three bank accounts linked to his aide.
The said aide is Mr Adewale Adesanya, a permanent secretary in the office of the Chief of Staff, CoS, to Ambode and the amount involved is N9.9billion.
Chuka Obiozor, the presiding judge, ordered the temporary freezing of the accounts, domiciled in Zenith Bank, Access Bank, and First City Monument Bank, following an exparte application brought by the EFCC.
According to the EFCC, in a Press statement by its spokesman, Tony Orilade, “ Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Tuesday ordered the freezing of the sum of N9.9bn belonging to the Lagos State Government.”
He said the N9.9 billion was paid from the state government’s accounts into the FCMB account opened on September 17, 2018, and operated by Adewale Adesanya, the permanent secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to Mr Ambode.
The anti-graft agency urged the court to freeze the account pending the conclusion of their investigation and possible prosecution of Mr Adesanya.
EFCC investigating team, according to the statement, said the schedule of the FCMB account showed how Mr Adesanya and the other signatories to the account made fraudulent fund transfers into the account from the accounts of the Lagos State Government.
“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),” the investigator said.
He said the commission received intelligence on the transfers, analysed it, and found it worthy of investigation. The aces would come up for hearing on September 9.