Ahmed Idris, the Accountant-General of Nigeria, has been detained on suspicion of money laundering and misappropriation of public monies.
Mr. Idris was reportedly apprehended in Kano by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) agents on Monday evening and is currently being taken to Abuja, the nation’s capital, for questioning.
According to our sources, the EFCC has been investigating a case of alleged money laundering involving the diversion of at least N80 billion in public funds through fraudulent contracts for some time.
Investigators claim that the companies utilised to launder the monies have ties to relatives and acquaintances of the comptroller general.
Moreover, according to our sources, as the inquiry progressed, Mr. Idris was frequently summoned for questioning, but he failed to appear.
“We continued to invite him, but he continued to avoid us,” one of our sources stated. We had no choice but to put him under surveillance and arrest him.
The EFCC spokeswoman could not be reached for comment on this article. One of his subordinates said that he is currently travelling in the United Kingdom.
However, a senior EFCC official verified the news but requested anonymity because he was not authorised to discuss the topic with the media.
On June 25, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari selected Mr. Idris as comptroller general.
The job became available when the previous Accountant General, Jonah Otunla, resigned from his position on June 12, 2015.
In June 2019, President Buhari reappointed Mr. Idris for a second four-year term, despite complaints from labour organisations that the accountant-general should retire at age 60.
Mr. Idris, a native of Kano State, Northwest Nigeria, was born on November 25, 1960, and served as the Director of Finance and Accounts for the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development until his appointment in 2015.