The Federal Government yesterday suspended the Account-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, following his arrest over money laundering and diversion of public funds allegations totalling about N80billion.
The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, informed Idris of his indefinite suspension without pay, in a letter dated May 18, 2022.
Mrs Ahmed explained that the suspension is in line with the Public Service Rules to give room for proper and unhindered investigation.
The letter 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.”
The letter, titled: ‘LETTER OF SUSPENSION’, also bars Idris from visiting his office or contacting any official in his office during his suspension except for disciplinary proceedings that might be initiated against him.
“This is to allow for proper and unhindered investigation into the serious allegations in line with Public Service Rules 030408.
“During this period, you are not expected to attend to your place of work or contact any official in your office except for any disciplinary hearing that may be advised.
“Also, it is expected that you will strictly comply with any instructions that will be forwarded to you in your current location or your known recorded address as stipulated in the extant rules,” the letter reads.
During this period, you are not expected to attend to your place of work or contact any official in your office except for any disciplinary hearing that may be advised.
The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, had in a statement informed that, “Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, May 16, 202,2 arrested serving Accountant General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris in connection with diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80billion (Eighty Billion Naira only).
“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 EFCC to respond to issues connected to the fraudulent acts.”
President Muhammed Buhari appointed Idris, the Accountant-General on June 25, 2015, to replace his predecessor, Jonah Otunla, who left office on June 12, 2015.
Buhari reappointed Idris, a former Director, Finance and Accounts, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, for a second four-year term in June 2019, amid criticisms from labour groups, who insisted he should retire after turning 60.