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Nigeria’s Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, was on Monday evening arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

POLITICS NIGERIA learned that Idris was arrested in Kano State over alleged money laundering and diversion of public funds.

It is understood that he is being flown to Abuja for interrogation.

EFCC had been monitoring Idris for sometime over a case of diversion of at least N80 billion in public funds.

Idris was invited by the EFCC, but he reportedly failed to honour those invitations.

EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, issued a statement which reads in part: “Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, May 16, 2022 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.”

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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