- Some lawyers in the Epe area of Lagos have narrated how they stopped officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from implicating Akinwunmi Ambode
- The lawyers said that foiled the alleged plot by the operative to plant foreign currency in the house of the former governor of the state
- Moreover, the legal practitioners said that they prevented the officials from searching Ambode's house without them observing the process
A trio of legal practitioners, who refer to themselves as young lawyers in Epe, Lagos, has claimed that they foiled the alleged plot by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to plant foreign currency in the house of Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of the state.
The lawyers, Fatai Adebanjo, Busari Olanrewaju and Samson Okuneye, on Tuesday, August 20, said that they prevented officials of the agency from searching Ambode's house without their presence as the law states, The Cable reports.
According to the lawyers, the operatives were with a big as they were about to enter the residence, but upon being interrogated as to its content, the officials left it outside the building.
In their statement, the lawyers revealed that they later discovered that the said bag contained notes of foreign currency which the operatives were intending to plant in the former governor's house and by that way implicate him.
Read full statement below:
“At early hours of today, we were duly briefed that some officers of the EFCC invaded the apartment of the former governor of Lagos state, his excellency Akinwunmi Ambode with the intention to search the premises.
“We got to the scene and met with the officials of the EFCC to inquire whether they have a search warrant to search the premises of the the former governor.
“Having confirmed the search warrant, the EFCC officials told us that nobody will follow them in as they will only go in alone. We resisted as young lawyers and stated expressly that the principle of search is that the owner of the premises of his representatives must be present to observe the search.
“They succumbed to our superior argument and allowed us and the people who has the key to the former governor’s house into the apartment with them. Before they entered, we searched all the officials of the EFCC who intended to go in to effect the search.
“There was a blue bag which they were holding with them, we requested to see the content of the bag before they could take it in. They got angry and said we cannot see the content. Having said that, we strongly resisted them to take it in since they cant allow us to see it, which they later agreed.
"We later got to know that the bag contained foreign currency which they brought to plant in the house of the former governor to incriminate him.
“It is important to inform the public that before they entered the house, we all submitted our phones to them as they requested that the only person required to go in with phone is one of them who will record the whole process.
“Flowing from the aforesaid, they searched the nooks and crannies of the former governor’s house and they couldn’t find any incriminating documents or materials. We authoritatively assert that, they did find anything in the house and they didn’t leave the house with anything.
“We followed them as they entered from one place to the other, when our presence was intimidating them, they said we should sit down while they will do the search. We resisted that we must follow them to observe every of their activities in the premises.
“To our greatest consternation, the officials of EFCC led by Rotimi Oyedepo, held on to our phones and told us to follow them to their office in Ikoyi to get our phones.
All efforts to get back our phones was abortive as the EFCC officials led by Rotimi Oyedepo, rushed into their white Hiace bus with our phones and instructed that since we have resisted their efforts to take “the said blue bag” into the main premises of the former governor, they will hold on to the phone. Thus, almost six (6) phones were forcefully taken away, iPhones inclusive.
“It is our happiness as young lawyers in Epe to be part of the process to legally and successfully resist the EFCC from incriminating the former governor with the blue bag they brought with them from an unknown destination, and we also compelled them to conduct the search within the ambit of the law. Hence, the success.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a group of angry residents of Epe in Lagos on Tuesday, August 20, attacked EFCC's operatives, Akinwunmi Ambode.
The aggrieved young men were seen in front of the residence of Ambode, who happens to be a resident of Epe.
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