The suspended Accountant General of the Federation of Nigeria, Ahmed Idris, has been released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after being arrested for laundering N174 billion.
Ahmed Idris was arrested on the 16th of May by the EFCC for his alleged involvement in a fraud that was initially thought to be of N84 billion. Idris was suspended 3 days after his arrest by the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed. The suspension was to enable him to face his probe.
The suspended Account General was released from EFCC custody on the night of Wednesday, June 1st, after several probes and questions. Idris revealed the names of companies and individuals involved in the laundering scheme, including the likes of the former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, and the Chairman and Managing Director of Finex Professional, Anthony Yaro. Both individuals have been arrested by the EFCC and are still facing questioning.
News of the release of the account general was disclosed by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, on Thursday morning. He said, “The suspended Accountant-General is out on bail. He was released last night”.
While Ahmed Idris is yet to return to duties, his successor Anamekwe Nwabuoku who was appointed after the suspension is still facing investigations concerning allegations of financial impropriety.