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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

We stopped EFCC from planting foreign currency in Ambode’s house says Lawyers

3 lawyers who claimed to have witnessed EFCC’s raid on the Epe residence of former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday, alleged that they stopped the anti-graft officials from “planting foreign currency” in the house.

The lawyers — Fatai Adebanjo, Busari Olanrewaju and Samson Okuneye — in a joint statement on Tuesday, said operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission wanted to stop them (lawyers) from being a part of the search.

They said the operatives allowed them into the house after they had engaged them in arguments.
The counsels added that the EFCC officers seized their phones before the tour of the house began.

In the statement, the lawyers said, “Before they entered, we searched all the officials of the EFCC who intended to go in for the search.

The lawyers noted that the operatives, while collecting their phones, had insisted that only one of their (EFCC) men would record the process with a phone.

They claimed that in the end, nothing incriminating was found in Ambode’s house except some documents, including the State Executive Exco Meetings Volumes 1-16.

The counsel explained that the anti-graft officers were stopped from taking the documents away because they refused to take records of the items.

The lawyers claimed that their presence throughout the search stopped the EFCC from incriminating Ambode “with the blue bag they brought with them from an unknown destination.”

They said they were ready to challenge the legality of the search on the residence.

Leader of the EFCC operatives, Oyedepo, when contacted by our Correspondent, said the Commission would “resolve the matter” and issue a formal statement on the allegation.
“But I want to assure you that nothing like that happened,” Rotimi Oyedepo said.(Punch)

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