Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, has suspended the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris over alleged fraud of N80 billion.
The Minister’s Special Adviser for Communications, Mr. Tanko Abdulahi, confirmed the suspension in a telephone interview with THE WHISTLER.
Tanko told this website that the AGF has been asked to issue an indefinite suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.
He said: “AGF has been suspended by the finance minister. His suspension will be indefinite until investigations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission are completed.
Officers from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arrested Idris on Monday on allegations of money laundering to the tune of N80 billion.
The EFCC noted that AGF’s arrest followed verified reports that he had “committed the funds through false advice and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates”.
Commission spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement that the funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.
“Mr. Idris was arrested after failing to honor invitations from the EFCC to respond to issues relating to fraudulent acts,” the EFCC said.