The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has on Monday, arrested Nigeria’s Accountant-General, Ahmed Idris over alleged money laundering and diversion of public funds in the tune of N80 billion.
Sources who spoke about his arrest confirmed that Mr Idris was intercepted in Kano by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday evening and is being flown to Abuja, the nation’s capital, for interrogation.
According to the source, EFCC has for sometime now been investigating a case of diversion of at least N80 billion in public funds which was allegedly laundered through some bogus contracts.
The companies used in laundering the funds have allegedly been linked to family members and associates of the accountant-general, investigators revealed.
Mr Idris was summoned by the EFCC repeatedly for interrogation but he failed to honour the invitations.
“We kept inviting him but he kept dodging us,” one of the sources said. “We were left with no choice than to keep him under watch and arrest him.”
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President Muhammed Buhari appointed Mr Ahmed Idris accountant-general on June 25, 2015.
He was reappointed for a second four-year term in June 2019, amid criticisms from labour groups who said the accountant-general should retire after turning 60.
Confirming his arrest, the EFCC in a statement shared through its verified social media handle stated that the Account General was arrested over an alleged N80billion Fraud.
The statement read; “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 diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80billion (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.”