Nigeria’s Accountant-General, Ahmed Idris, has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over alleged Multi billion naira money laundering and diversion of public funds,

According to sources familiar with the development, Mr Idris was said to have been intercepted in Kano by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday evening and was flown to Abuja for interrogation.

Recall that 62 years old Ahmed Idris was reappointed for a second four-year term in June 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari, amid criticisms from labour groups who insisted that the accountant-general should retire after turning 60; according to the 1999 constitution.

According to investigators, the EFCC has for sometime now been investigating a case of diversion of at least N80 billion in public funds which was allegedly laundered through some bogus contracts by companies with links to family members and associates of the accountant-general.

Mr. Idris was whisked away by operatives of the EFCC after failing to honor several invitations for interrogation.

According to sources close to the EFCC, the arrest is also linked to a strong allegation that aides to Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, sold presidential pardon.

The EFCC, according to an insider from the ministry of justice, has begun an investigation into the claim and is said to be probing the aides, Punch reports. Part of the claim is that Malami’s aides were involved in processing the list of persons given the pardon, such as former Governor Joshua Dariye, and Ex-governor Jolly Nyame of Taraba

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