According to Metronews247, Nigeria’s Accountant-General, Ahmed Idris, has been arrested for alleged money laundering and misuse of state money.
According to sources familiar with the situation, Mr Idris was apprehended in Kano by EFCC operatives on Monday evening and is being taken to Abuja, the country’s capital, for questioning.
According to our sources, the EFCC has been investigating a case of at least N80 billion in public funds being diverted through fake contracts for some time.
According to investigators, the firms utilized to launder the monies are tied to family members and acquaintances of the accountant-general.
According to our sources, Mr Idris was summoned for interrogation several times once the inquiry progressed, but he did not show up.
One of our sources claimed, “We kept inviting him, but he kept avoiding us.” “We had no choice but to put him under surveillance and arrest him.”
Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC’s spokesperson, could not be reached for comment on this story. One of his subordinates stated that he is currently traveling in the United Kingdom.
However, a senior EFCC employee acknowledged the situation but declined to be identified since he did not have clearance to speak to the media about it.
“Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, detained 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 on Monday, May 16, 2022,” Mr Uwujaren said in a statement ( Eighty Billion Naira only).
“The AGF raked in the monies through fake consultancies and other unlawful operations utilizing proxies, family members, and close allies, according to the Commission’s verified intelligence.”
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“The proceeds were laundered through Kano and Abuja real estate ventures.
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“Mr Idris was arrested after he failed to respond to the EFCC’s invitations to respond to concerns related to the fraudulent actions.”
Mr Idris was appointed accountant-general by President Muhammed Buhari on June 25, 2015.
The position fell vacant after Jonah Otunla, the previous Accountant General, resigned on June 12, 2015.
In June 2019, President Buhari reappointed Mr Idris for a second four-year term, despite labor groups’ claims that the accountant-general should retire at the age of 60.
Mr Idris, a native of Kano State in northwestern Nigeria, was the Director of Finance and Accounts at the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development until his appointment in 2015.