The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered the freezing of three accounts allegedly belonging to the Lagos State Government over alleged N9.9 billion fraud.
Justice Chuka Obiozor made the order following an ex-parte utility by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
That is coming because the Court of Appeal in Lagos yesterday ordered the Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Ikeja to renew listening to on two petitions difficult Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s victory on the March 9 governorship election.
He ordered the accounts’ “suspension” pending conclusion of investigation and doable prosecution of Adewale Adesanya, the Permanent Secretary within the Workplace of the Chief of Workers to former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
The accounts are domiciled in First City Monument Bank (numbered 5617984012), Access Bank (0060949275) and Zenith Bank (1011691254).
In a supporting affidavit, an EFCC investigator, Kungmi Daniel, mentioned the fee found big influx of N9,927,714,443.29 from the state accounts into the FCMB account.
It mentioned the account, operated by Adesanya, was opened final September 17 through the Ambode administration.
In accordance with the deponent, investigators discovered that Adesanya and different signatories made fraudulent transfers from the state’s accounts and dissipated the funds.
“The development is that the account at all times witnessed big influx from Lagos State Government within the above scheduled accounts managed by the respondent (Adesanya).
“There have been concerted efforts and makes an attempt to dissipate the contents of the accounts listed within the schedule to this utility.
“With out freezing the nominated accounts and quickly forfeiting the cash to the Authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there is no such thing as a manner the fraud being perpetrated utilizing the scheduled accounts might be stopped,” the EFCC mentioned.
EFCC counsel, Mohammed Abbas, urged the courtroom to grant the order quickly attaching the accounts to allow it to conclude its investigations.
Justice Obiozor granted the prayers and adjourned till Friday.
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