The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied planning to plant foreign currencies at the home of former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.
The anti-graft agency’s operatives stormed Mr Ambode’s residence in his hometown of Epe on Tuesday morning following the freezing of the sum of N9.9 billion allegedly linked to him, Igbere TV reports.
They were soon greeted by angry protesters who prevented them from coming out of their vehicles.
In a statement on Tuesday by EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, the commission said it obtained a valid warrant to search Ambode’s residence.
It said that its operatives were attacked and vehicle vandalised.
“The Commission had obtained valid warrant to conduct search on Ambode’s residences in Park View, Ikoyi and country home in Epe, as part of ongoing investigation of alleged malfeasance,” the statement began.
“However, the Commission’s operatives were attacked and prevented from executing the search warrant in Epe by irate youths who injured three officers and damaged EFCC official vehicle.
“The attack was totally unprovoked as the Commission’s operatives were civic and did not molest anybody.
“The Commission therefore frowns at the attempt to manipulate the video of the search to create the wrong impression that officers of the agency molested residents at the Epe home of the governor.
“It is also not true that the search, was an attempt to plant foreign currencies in the home of the former governor.”
Ambode has called for calm after the botched search at his Epe residence.