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EFCC Uncovers 17 Properties Linked To Nigeria’s Accountant General’s N80 Billion Heist

  • The properties are located in Kano, Lagos, Abuja, Dubai and London

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has traced at least 17 properties to the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris.

EFCC sources confirmed that the properties traced to Idris are located in Kano, Lagos, Abuja, Dubai and London.

Idris, who is currently being investigated for fraud to the tune of N80 billion is still in the custody of the anti-graft agency.

And preliminary investigations showed that the suspended Accountant General of the Federation allegedly used proxies to buy some of these properties.

The source also noted that the Commission would soon invite some of his proxies.

According to him, “about 17 houses in London, Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Dubai have been traced to him. In Abuja, some of the houses are located in serviced estates.”

The EFCC had in a statement on Monday announced the arrest of the accountant-general for fraud to the tune of N80bn.

The statement read in part, “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.”

It was learnt that Idris came under scrutiny last year following allegations that he offered huge sums of money to a family in order to secure the marriage of their 16-year-old daughter.

The uncle of the teenager, Nura Bagudu, had told The PUNCH in an interview that the Accountant General offered properties and gifts to the young lady and her family had lodged complaints to the Federal Government.

“He told the young lady to go to Abuja and choose any house she wanted and he would buy it for her,” Bagudu had told The PUNCH.

Also, the Accountant General had in 2021 launched Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited which he had openly admitted to owning.

Idris stated this when he received a delegation of Kano Concerned Citizens Initiative led by its late Chairman, Alhaji Bashir Tofa. The project is said to be worth huge sums of money which is far more than his income.

An EFCC official said the legal department was already getting an order to remand the accountant-general and get an interim forfeiture on some of his properties pending the completion of investigations.

First published in THE PUNCH

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