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₦80bn Fraud: Accountant-General Suspended by Finance Minister

The Accountant-General of the Federation, AGF, Mr. Ahmed Idris, is now under suspension, following the allegations leveled against him on some eighty-billion naira (₦80,000,000,000) fraud case.

He was suspended by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed. A decision she made due to the point that the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, OAUGF, was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Kano, on Monday.

Mrs. ZainabAhmed who suspended Mr. Idris yesterday, with the suspension letter referencing number:HMFBNP/AGF/SUSPENSION/5/2022 and dated 18th May, 2022, reads in part, “Following your recent arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on allegations of diversion of funds and money laundering, I write to convey your suspension from work without pay effective 18th May, 2022.”

Accountant-General Faces Office Sanctions

She stressed that as for the period of his suspension which takes immediate effect, the AGF is expected to stay out of the office or contact any official in your office except for any disciplinary hearing that may be advised.

She wrote that he must adhere to the directives in the extant rules and ensure that the AGF must be available when needed by the authorities to answer questions on the illegal funds acquisitions and money laundering charges.

The Special Adviser to the Minister on Media, Mr. Tanko Abdullahi, confirmed that the AGF was suspended indefinitely, to allow unhindered investigations into the alleged fraud.

The AGF’s was apprehended, according to the spokesman of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, because of allegations that he fraudulently amassed the money through bogus consultancy contracts, and other illegal activities, using proxies , associates and family members.

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