The former Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, has been ordered to be detained in Kuje jail by an Abuja High Court over his alleged involvement in the illicit diversion of nearly N109 billion in public monies.
When the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Idris on a 14-count charge involving conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, and money laundering, Justice A.O. Adeyemi Ajayi issued the ruling.
Idris and his co-defendants, according to the EFCC, were indicted on 14 counts of theft and criminal breach of trust involving a total of N109.5 billion.
In return for speeding the payment of 13 percent derivation to the nine oil-producing states in the federation, Idris allegedly received gratification from one Olusegun Akindele worth N15.1 billion.
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 by virtue of your position as the Accountant General of the Federation accepted from Olusegun Akindele, a gratification in the aggregate sum of N15,136,221,921.46 (Fifteen Billion, One Hundred and Thirty-Six Million, Two Hundred and Twenty-One Thousand, Nine Hundred and Twenty-One Naira and Forty-Six Kobo) 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% derivation to the nine (9) oil producing Sates 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.”
Idris was charged on Friday along with Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited, Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, and Mohammed Kudu Usman.
Rotimi Jacobs, an attorney for the EFCC, had asked the court to permit the prosecution to bring charges against the defendants under section 109 of the ACJA.
But Idris’ attorney, Chris Uche, requested that the court release his client on bond.
Uche begged for the bail to be granted until he submits a written bail application during his oral hearing.
He claimed that only to make it to the trial, his client needed to board the next flight leaving Kano.
But the judge decided that Idris and the others should be kept behind bars.