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ALLEGED N109BN FRAUD: EFCC TO ARRAIGN EX-ACCOUNTANT GENERAL IDRIS ON JULY 22

ALLEGED N109BN FRAUD: EFCC TO ARRAIGN EX-ACCOUNTANT GENERAL IDRIS ON JULY 22

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will on Friday arraign a former Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, and three others on charges of stealing and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N109.4 billion.

Idris will be arraigned with Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman, and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited before Justice Adeyemi Ajayi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja.

The spokesperson for the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said this in a statement on Thursday.

All four will be arraigned on 14 counts, two months after Idris was arrested by the EFCC. He had been in office when he was arrested on May 16. He was suspended two days later and replaced on May 22.

In his statement announcing the scheduled arraignment, Mr Uwujaren disclosed two (counts one and eight) of the 14 counts the quartet will face.

Count one of the charges reads, “That you, Ahmed Idris between February and December 2021 at Abuja in the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, being a public servant by virtue of your position as the Accountant General of the Federation accepted from Olusegun Akindele, a gratification in the aggregate sum of N15,136,221,921.46 which sum was converted to the United States Dollars by the said Olusegun Akindele and which sum did not form part of your lawful remuneration but as a motive for accelerating the payment of 13% derivation to the nine (9) oil producing States in the Federation,  through the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 155 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 and punishable under the same section”.

Count eight reads, “That you, Ahmed Idris while being the Accountant General of the Federation and Godfrey Olusegun Akindele while being  the Technical Assistant to the Accountant General of the Federation between February and November 2021, at Abuja in the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, in such capacity, entrusted with a certain property, to wit: N84,390,000,000 committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said property when you dishonestly  received the said sum from the Federal Government of Nigeria through Godfrey Olusegun Akindele trading under the name and style of Olusegun Akindele & Co., and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990.”

The EFCC had on May 16 announced the arrest of Idris who was the Accountant General at the time, a move that sent shockwaves across the nation in the current administration’s efforts in fighting corruption.

In a statement, the anti-graft agency had explained that Idris was for an alleged diversion and laundering of N80 billion.

The development forced the Minister of Finance, Ahmed Zainab, to suspend him pending the conclusion of the corruption investigations.

About two weeks later, the EFCC uncovered another N90 billion alleged fraud involving the suspended Accountant-General.

Despite the arrest, the agency had yet to arraign him in court. It however indicated that the former Accountant-General will appear in Abuja court on Friday.

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