By Chinonye Anyatonwu
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Ahmed Idris, over alleged N80 billion fraud.
His arrest was confirmed in a statement issued on Monday evening by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwajaren, he said Idris was arrested followed his refusal to honour the commissions invitation to respond to issues connected to the fraudulent act.
According to report, the AGF may also face another hurdle for allegedly overstaying in office.
The statement reads: “Operatives of the EFCC, 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.
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.
It was learnt that Idris had been on the radar of the anti-graft agency for some time.
A source added: “The Accountant-General of the Federation has been under watch for some curious payments running into billions of naira; financial interests in Gezawa Commodity Market Limited and Gezawa Integrated Farms Limited and other estate investments.
“The AGF, who attained 60 years on November 25, 2020, was yet to proceed on retirement contrary to the Civil Service regulations,” the report stated.
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