Nigeria’s Accountant General, Ahmed Idris, has been arrested for alleged money laundering and misuse of state funds.
According to those familiar with the situation, Ahmed Idris was apprehended in Kano by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) officers on Monday evening and is being taken to Abuja, the nation’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 and illegally laundered 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.
Our sources further said after progress was made in the investigation, Ahmed Idris was summoned repeatedly for interrogation but he failed to honour the invitations.
“We kept inviting him but he kept dodging us,” one of our sources said. “We were left with no choice than to keep him under watch and arrest him.”
The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached to comment for this story. One of his subordinates said he is travelling in the United Kingdom at this time.
However, a top EFCC official confirmed the development but asked not to be named because he had no permission to discuss the matter with the media.
Mr Uwujaren later issued a statement saying, “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.”
President Muhammed Buhari appointed Ahmed Idris as Accountant-General on June 25, 2015.
The position became vacant at the time after the former Accountant General, Jonah Otunla, left office on June 12, 2015.
President Buhari reappointed Ahmed Idris to a second four-year term in June 2019, despite labor groups’ insistence that the accountant-general should retire at the age of 60.
Mr Idris, a native of Kano State in northwestern Nigeria, was born on November 25, 1960, and was the Director of Finance and Accounts at the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development until his appointment in 2015.