EFCC to arraign ex-accountant-general, Idris, over N109b fraud charges

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THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is set to arraign a former Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, and others over alleged N109 billion fraud.

A statement by EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said today the commission would arraign Idris at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, on Friday.

The trial judge is A.O. Adeyemi Ajayi.

Mr Idris will be arraigned alongside three others – Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Usman and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited.

They face 14 charges of stealing and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N109, 485,572,691.9.

The federal government suspended Idris as the Accountant-General of the Federation after his arrest in Kano over the fraud allegation.

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, informed Idris of his suspension in a letter dated May 18.

His suspension is without pay, Mrs Ahmed’s letter stated.

“Following your recent arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on allegations of diversion of funds and money laundering, I write to convey your suspension from work without pay effective 18th May 2022,” the letter read in part.

The suspension, Ahmed said, was in line with Public Service Rules to give room for proper and unhindered investigation.

Recall that in June EFCC seized multi-billion naira assets linked to Mr Idris’ suspected proceeds of crime.