EFCC nabs Accountant-General of the Federation over alleged N80bn fraud

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.Mr Ahmed Idris

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has arrested the Accountant- General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, over alleged money laundering and diversion of public funds totalling N80bn.

He was reportedly intercepted in Kano by operatives of the anti-graft on Monday evening and has been flown to Abuja.

The companies allegedly used in laundering the funds have allegedly been linked to family members and associates of the accountant-general, according to investigators.

The spokesperson for the EFCC Mr Wilson Uwujaren issued a statement confirming the arrest

It reads partly, “Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Monday, May 16, 2022 arrested serving Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris in connection with diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80 billion( Eighty Billion Naira only).

“The Commission’s verified intelligence showed that the AGF raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.

“The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.

Idris was arrested after failing to honour invitations by the EFCC to respond to issues connected to the fraudulent acts.”

President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Ahmed Idris accountant-general on June 25, 2015.

The position became vacant at the time after the former Accountant General, Jonah Otunla, left office on June 12, 2015 on the expiration of his tenure.

Idris was reappointed by President Muhammadu Buhari for a second four-year term in June 2019, amid criticisms from labour groups who said the accountant-general should retire after turning 60.

 

 

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