The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) during the week made moves towards the possible prosecution of two former governors, who are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Backstory: The EFCC obtained a court order to freeze three bank accounts allegedly used to launder state funds during the tenure of Akinwunmi Ambode as Governor of Lagos State.
Likewise, it conducted a raid on the residence of the former Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari in relation to its ongoing investigations of possible economic and financial crimes during his tenure.
What they found:
- 21 “exotic cars” were reportedly found in Yari’s residence by the EFCC
- Three accounts managed by Adewale Adesanya, the Permanent Secretary to the Office of the Chief of Staff to the Lagos government. According to the EFCC, these accounts receive periodic inflows from the state government accounts. The agency’s spokesperson said the investigation was prompted by “a huge inflow of N9,927,714,443.29” into one of the bank accounts opened on September 17, 2018.
- The accounts will remain frozen until the conclusion of an ongoing investigation. Adesanya stands the chance of being prosecuted for money laundering based on the outcomes.
- We are hearing that the latest action is a ploy to get Adesanya to testify against former Governor Ambode – who has not yet been called to question yet. According to someone familiar with the matter, the account in question still belongs to the “Lagos State government.”
One APC thing: The EFCC has been criticized for being soft on the ruling party members. The current crackdown on the three former APC Governors (including Rochas Okorocha) offers the agency a chance to disown this narrative, but many have said it is going after the dissident members only. Yari and Okorocha have had skirmishes in the past with the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomole, just as Ambode is out of favour with his former godfather – Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Former Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, for instance, who has a close relationship with Pres. Buhari from their days together in the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) is still untouched despite several credible allegations.