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FG Appoints Igbo Man, As Acting Accountant General to Replace Idris  

Following the indefinite suspension of the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, the Nigerian government has chosen Mr. Anamekwe Nwabuoku as interim Accountant General of the Federation. 

Mr. Chukwunyere Anamekwe Nwabuokuf, from Umuezeala Nsu, Ehime Mbano, Imo State, has been named acting accountant general of the Federation. He is the first South Easter to hold this role. 

This was stated in a letter written by Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning dated May 20, 2022.  

Ahmed said in the letter, “Mr. Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku has been appointed to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, pending the outcome of the EFCC investigation of the suspended AGF, Ahmad Idris.” 

The Nigerian government last Wednesday suspended Idris indefinitely in a letter signed by the Minister of Finance, budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed. 

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His suspension followed his indictment for fraud worth N80 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 

The letter titled ‘Letter of Suspension’ reads, “Following your recent arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on allegations of diversion of funds and money laundering, I write to convey your suspension from work without pay effective 18th May, 2022. This is to allow for proper and unhindered investigation into the serious allegations in line with Public Service Rules 030406.” 

Idris is not expected to “visit your place of employment or contact any official in your office during this time, save for any disciplinary proceeding that may be suggested,” according to the statement. 

According to reports, Idris was apprehended by the EFCC on his way to Kano last Monday. 

He reportedly diverted funds and laundered N80 billion, according to the anti-graft agency. 

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Since President Muhammadu Buhari designated Idris as the administrative head of the treasury in June 2015, journalists have disclosed how he obtained many assets worth billions of naira through a series of detailed investigations.  

A visit to Gezawa Commodity Market Limited and Gezawa Integrated Farms Limited owned by Idris lend credence to the allegations made by concerned citizens and some stakeholders on how and where the AGF got the money he used in acquiring the multi-billion-naira firms, both in Kano through his direct family members. 

The shareholdings of both firms indicate a spread of Idris family members on the official board. 

Certified copies of the documents from the Corporate Affairs Commission seen by SaharaReporters showed that the shares for Gezawa Commodity Market Limited are distributed among the family members of the AGF as follows: 

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(1) Zainab Ahmed Idris: 35,000,000 shares 

(2) Shamsiyya Ahmed Idris: 35,000,000 shares 

(3) Nabila Mu’azu Abubakar: 35,000, 000 shares 

(4) Zuhair Ahmad Idris: 22,500,000 

(5) Hussain Ahmad Idris: 22,500,000 shares 

(6) Abdulrraham Ahmed Idris: 22,500,000 shares 

(7) Khadija Ahmed Idris: 18,500,000 shares 

(8) Mua’zu Abubakar lll: 40,000,000 shares 

(9) Mohammed Chiroma: 60,000,000 shares 

(10) Alh Usman Kansila Yahaya: 60,000,000 shares 

(11) Baloni Ibrahim Lawal (representing Silvermark Investment Limited): 60,000,000 shares 

(12) Abubakar Nabila Mua’zu (representing Gezawa Integrated Farms Limited): 20,000,000 shares. 

There have also been questions asked about how the AGF bought “Sokoto Hotel” in Kano with N500million cash. 

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