Why EFCC Released Suspended Accountant-General From Custody

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has released suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, on bail.

It would be recalled that Idris was arrested by the anti-graft agency over his involvement in a N174 billion fraud.

Idris was released on bail from the custody of the anti-graft agency late Wednesday night and had since been reunited with his family.

The EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed his release yesterday, said: “The suspended Accountant-General is out on bail. He was released last night (Wednesday).”

Idris was nabbed by operatives of the EFCC on May 16, 2022, in connection with a series of frauds that was initially thought to be N84 billion.

Three days after his arrest, Idris was suspended by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, to enable him face his probe.

Sources revealed that during questioning, Idris mentioned names, companies, and a huge amount of money which is currently under probe.

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He also made confessional statements and provided traces of funds, withdrawals, and deposits in local and foreign currencies.

This led to the arrest of the former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, and the Chairman and Managing Director of Finex Professional, Anthony Yaro, by the EFCC last week.

Sources within the EFCC also disclosed that the acting-AGF, Anamekwe Nwabuoku, who was appointed after Ahmed Idris’ suspension is also under surveillance concerning accusations of financial impropriety.

The allegations against him include over-payment to himself while serving in previous ministries and agencies.

He was also alleged to have perpetrated fraud through the Government Integrated Financial Management System used to pay salaries of Federal Government staff.

“Some of the alleged infractions occurred when Nwabuoku was the Director of Finance and Accounts, Ministry of Defence,” the source said.

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