The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris has been suspended indefinitely.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Ahmed Idris’ suspension was announced by the Minister of Finance, budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested him for money laundering.
In a letter dated May 18, 2022, the minister said the suspension “without pay” was to allow for “proper and unhindered investigation” in line with public service rules.
Recall Ahmed Idris was intercepted in Kano by the anti-graft agency on Monday evening and flown to Abuja, the nation’s capital, for interrogation following his indictment for fraud worth N80 billion.
He was said to have “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, the EFCC added.
President Muhammed Buhari appointed Mr Idris accountant-general on June 25, 2015.
The position became vacant at the time after the former Accountant General, Jonah Otunla, left office on June 12, 2015.
President Buhari reappointed Mr Idris for a second four-year term in June 2019, amid criticisms from labour groups who said the accountant-general should retire after turning 60.
Ahmed Idris, a native of Kano State, North-west Nigeria, was born on November 25, 1960, and was until his appointment in 2015 the Director of Finance and Accounts, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.