Fraud: Heads to roll as Accountant-General Names Buhari’s appointees as Accomplices To N200bn Missing Fund
News reaching Vondigest is that the scandal involving suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris may consume a number of government officials.
Some officials in the President Buhari’s cabinet, heads of agencies and parastatals and senior civil servants were neck-deep in the fraud.
According to a report by SaharaReporters, the investigations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission into the N200billion fraud probe of the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, are bringing up more names of top officials in the Muhammadu Buhari government, who are likely also to face probe.
A highly placed source in the EFCC revealed this, adding that the total sum in the series of coordinated scams traced to the suspended AGF is up to N200billion.
The official noted that some officials in the President Buhari’s cabinet, heads of agencies and parastatals and senior civil servants were neck-deep in the fraud.
This online news platform recalls that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Idris on May 16 for alleged fraud.
The questioning of Idris by detectives brought up names, companies and staggering figures that are now under probe.
The suspect has made confessional statements, provided traces of funds, withdrawals and deposits in local and foreign currencies.
Acting on his revelation, the EFCC swooped up former Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, last week. He is still in custody.
The anti-graft agency has also nabbed the Chairman and Managing Director of Finex Professional, Anthony Yaro.
Days after Idris was suspended by the Minister of Finance, Zainab Idris, she announced the appointment of Anamekwe Nwabuoku as the acting AGF.
But in a twist of fate, he too is under surveillance after accusation of financial impropriety. The official is known to visit the EFCC headquarters in Abuja due to an ongoing investigation.
According to credible sources familiar with his antecedents, the EFCC is also investigating him for a series of graft allegations and Nwabuoku is known to visit the headquarters on a regular basis as part of the investigation routine.
The allegations against him include “overpayment” to himself while serving in previous ministries and agencies.
Some of the alleged infractions occurred when Nwabuoku was the Director of Finance and Accounts, Ministry of Defence.
Another was alleged fraud perpetrated via the Government Integrated Financial Management System (GIFMIS) used to pay salaries of Federal Government staff.
The findings so far, the source said, will lead to more arrests.