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Embattled Accountant-General Ahmed Idris in search of plea bargain

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Suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris has approached the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a plea bargain.

This was revealed by the prosecution counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), on Wednesday at the resumed hearing before an Abuja High Court in Maitama.

Mr Idris is being prosecuted alongside 3 others on a 14-count bordering on alleged stealing and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N109.4 billion.

The other defendants in the suit include Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Usman and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited.

Mr Rotimi had informed the court that the former AGF with the other defendants had sent someone to EFCC’s office requesting a plea bargain arrangement.

According to Mr Rotimi, the meeting was slated for Monday, but a lawyer representing the AGF came to his office saying they were excluded from the arrangement.

Mr Idris was arrested by the EFCC on May 16, 2022, over alleged diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80 billion.

He was subsequently suspended from office by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.

EFCC accused Idris of diverting those funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates, adding that they were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.

He was later released by the EFCC on administrative bail with his passport in the possession of the EFCC.

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