‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja
Daily Courier – The embattled Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, has been suspended indefinitely.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, handed down the indefinite suspension on Wednesday, pending the outcome of the investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Finance Minister’s Special Adviser on Communications, Tanko Abdulahi, confirmed the suspension.
His suspension followed his indictment for alleged fraud worth N80 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The anti-graft agency had said Idris allegedly diverted funds and laundered N80 billion.
According to the EFCC, the funds were laundered via real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.
EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwajaren, had confirmed Idris’s arrest on Monday evening.
“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 N80 billion (Eighty Billion Naira only)”, Uwujaren’s statement read.
“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”, he said.