Nigeria: APC Reacts to EFCC Raid On Ambode's Home

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to the search conducted by the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) at the Epe home of a former governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode.

Mr Ambode left office on May 29 after serving a single four-year term and is believed to be under investigation for alleged corruption.

PREMIUM TIMES earlier on Tuesday reported how the former governor's residence in his hometown, Epe was searched around 9:35 a.m.

The residence of his former chief of staff was also searched in the same Epe town of Lagos State.

Two weeks earlier, multiple bank accounts holding billions of naira and linked to Mr Ambode were frozen as part of the probe.

While Mr Ambode has denied links to both the accounts and any allegations of corruption while in office, the EFCC said whatever it was doing with regards to the investigation "is in line with its mandate and the rule of law."

APC reacts

Reacting to this development, the APC spokesperson, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said "there are no sacred cows"

He said this in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday afternoon.

"It is about time we knew that the APC government is not joking with its commitment to fight corruption in whatever form it is. This government has demonstrated that there are no sacred cows", he said.

"The naysayer can continue to say what they like but they must be ashamed of themselves by now, knowing that on daily basis, the anti-corruption agencies are proving them wrong," Mr Issa-Onilu said.

When asked if the party was in support of the move against Mr Ambode, he said: "We are not specific about any issue. The fight against corruption is our own policy and there are no sacred cows. We just hope that the allegation against former governor Ambode is not true. If true, this APC government will not bend the rule for any personalities."

He maintained that corruption fight is the "cardinal principle of the APC."

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