Suspended Accountant General Ahmed Idris Granted Bail From EFCC Facility
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has released Ahmed Idris, the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), after he was arrested for his alleged involvement in a N174 billion fraud.
On Wednesday night in Abuja, Idris was released on bail from the anti-graft agency’s custody and reunited with his family.
Wilson Uwujaren, a spokesman for the EFCC, confirmed this to our correspondent on Thursday morning.
“Bail has been granted for the suspended Accountant-General. Uwujaren said, “He was released last night.”
Charity Reporters had published that May 16, 2022, EFCC operatives apprehended Idris in connection with a series of frauds estimated to be worth N84 billion and was replaced by Anamekwe Nwabuoku on acting capacity.
Idris was suspended three days after his arrest by Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, to allow him face his investigation.
According to sources who confided in Charity Reporters, during questioning, Idris mentioned names, companies, and a large sum of money that is currently under investigation.
He also confessed and provided evidence of funds, withdrawals, and deposits in both local and foreign currencies.
The EFCC arrested Abdulaziz Yari, the former governor of Zamfara State, and Anthony Yaro, the Chairman and Managing Director of Finex Professional last week as a result of this, Charity Reporters had also reported.
According to sources within the EFCC, the acting-AGF, Anamekwe Nwabuoku, who was appointed after Ahmed Idris’ suspension, is also under investigation for allegations of financial impropriety.
Overpayment to himself while serving in previous ministries and agencies is one of the allegations levelled against him.
He was also accused of defrauding the Government Integrated Financial Management System, which is used to pay federal government employees’ salaries.
“Some of the alleged infractions took place while Nwabuoku was the Director of Finance and Accounts at the Ministry of Defence,” the source said.