AGF Idris replaced with Treasury Director pending completion of his N80bn fraud probe

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A new Accountant-General of  the Federation has emerged to take over from the incumbent AGF Ahmed Idris pending the completion of his N80bn fraud probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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He is Mr. Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku, a former Director of Finance at the Ministry of Defence HQ, Abuja.

–R-L: New AGF Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku and President Muhammadu Buhari

Presently the OAGF Director in charge of Inspectorate Division, the 60-year-old Anamekwe who hails from Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) and member, Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM).

Disclosing this in a statement, Sunday, Special Assistant to the President on New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, said the appointment in acting capacity, will endure until Ahmed Idris’ N80bn fraud probe by the EFCC is concluded.  

The statement reads: “Nigeria Government has approved the appointment of Mr. Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF), pending the outcome of the EFCC investigation of the suspended AGF.

“Mr. Anamekwe was born in 1962 to the family of Mr. Robert O. Anamekwe in Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) and member, Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM).

“He was Director (Finance & Accounts), Ministry of Defence, HQ, Abuja from May 2019 to March 2021.

He holds Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accountancy from the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu, and Master of Science (M.Sc) in financial management from Common Wealth University, Belize.

He started his civil service career with the Centre for Democratic Studies (CDS) and rose to the position of Principal Accountant between 1992 and 1995. He was deployed to the Office of the AGF, Abuja from 1996 to 2001 as Assistant Chief Accountant. He served at the National Assembly, Office of the Senate President from 2001 to 2003 as special assistant to the senate president on public affairs and his duties included advisory services to the senate president on media and other issues. He assumed duty as chief accountant in the ministry of defence headquarters, Abuja and served as head of accounts administration.

Following his promotion to assistant director accounts, he was placed in charge of Funds in the ministry from 2009 to 2012. He became a deputy director (Accounts) in 2012, and was deployed to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) as supervisory officer of Ecological Funds Accounts and other related matters.

He was promoted to director (accounts) in 2017, and was posted to office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation. He was the director, Finance and Accounts, Ministry of Defence, Headquarters, Abuja from May 2019 to March, 2021.

Currently, he is director, Inspectorate Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.

Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had, on Monday, May 16, 2022, arrested the incumbent Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris, in connection with  diversion of funds and money laundering  activities to the tune of N80billion( Eighty Billion Naira only).

The Commission said its 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.

          Mr. Idris was arrested after failing to honour invitations by the EFCC to resp-ond to issues connected to the fraudulent acts.

Two days after, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, gave him indefinite suspension, without pay, and barred him from visiting the Treasury House or communicating with any officer of the agency till the end of his indefinite suspension./SHARE THIS

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