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N109bn fraud: EFCC arraigns ex-Accountant General, Idris, others today

By Deborah Onyofufeke
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, will today (July 22) arraign a former Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris before Justice Adeyemi Ajayi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja.

The agency’s spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in a press statement yesterday.

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The former Accountant-General is to be docked alongside three others, Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman, and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited on a 14-count charge of stealing and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N109, 485,572,691.9

Count one of the charges reads, “That you, Ahmed Idris between February and December 2021 at Abuja in the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, being a public servant under your position as the Accountant General of the Federation accepted from Olusegun Akindele, a gratification in the aggregate sum of N15.13bn which sum was converted to the United States Dollars by the said Olusegun Akindele.

“And which sum did not form part of your lawful remuneration but as a motive for accelerating the payment of 13 per cent derivation to the nine oil producing states in the federation, through the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 155 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 and punishable under the same section.”

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The statement continued, “That you, Ahmed Idris while being the Accountant General of the Federation and Godfrey Olusegun Akindele while being the Technical Assistant to the Accountant General of the Federation between February and November 2021, at Abuja in the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.

“In such capacity, entrusted with a certain property, to N84.39bn committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said property, when you dishonestly received the said sum from the Federal Government of Nigeria through Godfrey Olusegun Akindele trading under the name and style of Olusegun Akindele and co.

“And you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990.”

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