According to multiple reports Nigeria’s Accountant-General, Ahmed Idris, has been arrested over alleged money laundering and diversion of public funds.
Mr Idris is alleged to have been intercepted in Kano by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the eve of Monday, May the 16th and is being flown to Abuja, the nation’s capital, for interrogation.
Premium Times reports that EFCC had been investigating a case of diversion of public funds worth at least N80 billion, laundered by means of contract inflation.
Company names used to move the funds have been allegedly linked to the family members and associates of Mr Idris.
After progress was made on the inquest, the AG was repeatedly summoned for further interrogation but refused 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.
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