Accountant General arrested over N80bn!


*EFCC arrests AGF, Ahmed Idris over alleged N80bn fraud

*Says he allegedly laundered money through bogus consultancies, others

*That the funds were also laundered through real estate investments in Kano, Abuja

*Arrest due to his failure to honour invitations by EFCC to respond to allegations

By Onu Okorie

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) on Monday, arrested serving Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris over allegations of money laundering to the tune of N80 billion.

The EFCC noted that the AGF’s arrest followed verified intelligence that he allegedly “raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.”

The Commission’s Spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren in a statement said the funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.

The EFCC further explained that Mr. Idris was arrested after failing to honour invitations by the EFCC to respond to issues connected to the fraudulent acts.

Efforts by our correspondent to get a response from the AGF proved abortive as the Chief press secretary refused to pick calls and didn’t respond to texts and WhatsApp messages sent to him in that regard.

It would be recalled that President Buhari reappointed Mr Idris for a second four-year term in June 2019, amid criticisms from labour groups who said the Accountant-General should retire after turning 60.

He was first appointed by President Buhari on June 25, 2015.