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JUST IN: EFCC seals three Ambode’s property in Lagos

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Over three residential houses located in highbrow Victoria Island and Ikeja Government Residential Area (GRA) in Lagos State that were linked to former Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, have been sealed off by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

As gathered, two of the property linked to the former governor including the one under construction which he aimed to use for his hotel in Ikeja GRA was put under lock by the anti-graft agency.

From the property monitored by The Guild in Ladoke Akintola and Oduduwa all in Ikeja GRA, it was learnt that the anti-corruption agency had since last week deployed its officials to seal different property owned by the immediate past governor.

The reason for the action was reported not to have been stated on the building except that EFCC marked the property as been under investigation after the owner was suspected to have violated the country’s law which the agency was saddled to enforce across Nigeria.

A source closed to Ambode told our correspondent that EFCC embarked on the act, which he described as unnecessary, last week and that the closure of property in Ikeja was another round of closure been carried out by the agency after dealing him doing same on his property in Victoria Island.

The source added that after the property in Ikeja was put under lock, the ex-governor and his legal team had begun to reach out to the agency and some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to mediate and resolve the issue before it escalates beyond the present reach.

The EFCC spokesman,  Wilson Uwujaren, when contacted by The Guild, said that he could not categorically identify which house belongs to individuals under investigation because several houses and structures were presently sealed by the agency.

Uwujaren, who promised our correspondent to call back after confirming from the officers in Lagos which of the houses were linked to Ambode, did not pick several calls that were made to him.
After several calls, the anti-graft agency spokesman switched off his phones to prevent been asked why EFCC sealed property that were linked to the former governor in Lagos State.

The closure of the property came barely two years after the Lagos state former governor left office following his inability to secure the APC ticket for his second term losing to the incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Ambode, who was inaugurated alongside 60 others as a member of the APC contact and strategy committee less than a month ago after revalidating his membership with the ruling party, described his selection, as a call to serve the country.

Ambode said that serving the country was more important to him and that he was ready always to contribute his experience over the years to the development of Nigeria and APC.

He was selected into the committee alongside his successor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, his Borno state counterpart, Babagana Zulum, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, and two former Speakers of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, and Yakubu Dogara as well as others.

Speaking after his inauguration he commended the party leadership for considering him worthy to serve the country and APC.

He said: “Along with other notable and distinguished colleagues, I was today selected by our party, the All Progressives Congress, to be a member of the Contact and Strategy Committee. This is a call to serve the Party and more importantly, our nation”.

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