Accountant General Ahmed Idris In EFCC’s Net Over N80bn Fraud

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BY VICTOR BUORO – For his alleged involvement in over N80 billion scam and properties ownership in Kano State, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) Mr. Ahmed Idris has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A statement in Abuja by EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said the AGF is currently cooling his feet in the anti-graft agency’s custody in connection with funds “laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja”

Uwujaren’s statement captioned; “EFCC Nabs Accountant General of Federation Ahmed Idris over N80bn Fraud, Properties in Kano Abuja” read thus; “Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, May 16, 2022 arrested serving Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris in connection with the 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.

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

Mr Idris was appointed on June 25, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari to take over from the former Accountant General, Jonah Otunla, whose tenure expired on June 12, 2015.

He got the presidency’s nod for a second four-year term in June 2019, amid criticisms from the Labour Movement that kicked over his over-shooting the retirement age of 60 years in service but this was ignored by the government.

Born on November 25, 1960, Mr Idris, who hails from Kano State, was until his appointment as AGF the Director of Finance and Accounts in the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.

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