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EFCC arrests Nigeria’s Accountant General over #80 billion fraud

The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.
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AGF Ahmed Idris

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, May 16, 2022, arrested and detained the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris over claims that he laundered the sum of #80 billion through fronts.

According to reports, Mr Idris was picked up by the operatives of the anti-graft agency for failing to honour earlier invitations by the agency on issues related to the alleged fraudulent activity.

A statement by EFCC’s spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said that the AGF had siphoned off the funds through fake consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members, and close associates.

The statement further claimed that the said funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.

The statement reads: “Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, May 16, 2022, arrested serving Accountant General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, in connection with diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of #80 billion.

“The Commission’s verified intelligence showed that the AGF raked-off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.

“The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.

“Mr Idris was arrested after failing to honour invitations by the commission.”