N80bn Fraud: EFCC Secures Court Order To Detain Accountant-General For More

By Simon Akwu

Embattle Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris will spend more days in custody as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured a court order in that regard pending conclusion of investigations.

Recall that the EFCC had on Monday arrested the accountant general in connection with the diversion of funds and laundering activities to the tune of N80 billion.

A source is an official of the anti-graft agency, stated that the commission secured the order within 24 hours after Idris was arrested in Kano.

“He is still here with us, he has been cooperating. We will get to the root of the matter. The good thing is that our legal department has secured a court order helping us to hold him till we conclude our investigations,” the source told Daily Trust.

The source stated that the Idris will be charged to court soon as “evidence at our disposal is damning”.

Two days after Idris was picked up by the commission, the minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, announced his suspension in a letter that partly read, “Following your recent arrest by EFCC on allegations of diversion of funds and money laundering, I write to convey your suspension from work without pay effective May 18, 2022”.

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