The Nigerian Government has appointed Mr. Anamekwe Nwabuoku as Acting Auditor General of the Federation following the indefinite suspension of the Federation’s Comptroller General, Ahmed Idris.
This was conveyed in a letter dated May 20, 2022 and signed by the Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Aliyu Ahmed.
Ahmed said in the letter: “Mr. Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku has been appointed to oversee the Office of the Comptroller General of the Federation pending the outcome of the EFCC investigation into the suspended AGF, Ahmad Idris.”
The Nigerian government suspended Idris indefinitely last Wednesday in a letter signed by Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister Zainab Ahmed.
His suspension followed his N80 billion fraud indictment 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 am writing to request your suspension from work without pay to take effect by May 18, 2022 This is to allow for a proper and unhindered investigation into the serious allegations in accordance with Public Service Regulations 030406.”
It added that during the period Idris is not expected to “visit your place of work or contact an official at your office except for a disciplinary hearing, which may be recommended”.
SaharaReporters had reported that Idris was arrested by the EFCC on his way to Kano last Monday.
The anti-graft agency said he allegedly diverted funds and laundered N80 billion.
SaharaReporters had uncovered in a series of detailed investigations how Idris had acquired several properties valued at many billions of naira since President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him administrative head of the Treasury in June 2015.
A visit to Idris-owned Gezawa Commodity Market Limited and Gezawa Integrated Farms Limited lends credence to claims by concerned citizens and some stakeholders as to how and where AGF got the money it used to acquire the multi-billion naira companies , both in Kano through his direct family members.
The holdings of both companies indicate a spread of members of the Idris family on the official board.
Certified copies of Corporate Affairs Commission documents viewed by SaharaReporters showed that shares in Gezawa Commodity Market Limited are distributed among AGF family members as follows:
(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) Abdulraham Ahmed Idris: 22,500,000 shares
(7) Khadija Ahmed Idris: 18,500,000 shares
(8) Mua’zu Abubakar III: 40,000,000 shares
(9) Mohammed Chiroma: 60,000,000 shares
(10) Alh Usman Kansila Yahaya: 60,000,000 shares
(11) Baloni Ibrahim Lawal (representative of Silvermark Investment Limited): 60,000,000 shares
(12) Abubakar Nabila Mua’zu (representative of Gezawa Integrated Farms Limited): 20,000,000 shares.
Questions were also asked about how the AGF bought the “Sokoto Hotel” in Kano with N500 million in cash.
SaharaReporters noted that after acquiring the hotel, Idris ordered its immediate demolition with the intention of building a multi-billion naira shopping center on the property.
Despite turning 60 in 2020, Idris managed to pull various strings in the presidency to secure an extension of his appointment beyond the legal limit.
SaharaReporters noted that he used the services of high-ranking individuals, including governors, senators and emirs, who persuaded President Buhari to grant him the extension.
However, the lawsuit violates the Civil Service Code, which requires a career civil servant to retire after either the age of 60 or 35 years of service, whichever comes first.
It was also opposed to a circular from the Office of the Chief of Service to all Nigerian Government Agencies, which said: “For the avoidance of doubt and to maintain the discipline and integrity of the existing rule of civil service which provides 60 35 years of service for the.” mandatory retirement, should be strictly adhered to.
“Accordingly, the following guidelines apply. (I) that career officers who take up permanent appointment should leave the service at the time of appointment to ensure that their tenure continues uninterrupted.
“(II) that career officers who have not left the service prior to the commencement of their tenure will be required to retire upon reaching mandatory age/years of service; and (iii) that career officers who currently hold tenure are required to retire with immediate effect and continue their term of office. Otherwise, they would vacate their posts upon reaching the required age or at the end of their term, whichever comes first.”
Idris’ arrest came a few months after he secretly married a 16-year-old Kano State girl identified simply as Hussain.
SaharaReporters had revealed in a series of reports that Idris, who turned 61 on November 25, 2021, insisted on marrying her despite Hussain’s family opposing the wedding.
“This is our late sister’s daughter named Hussain; she is only sixteen, not long that she is sixteen, but it is very unfortunate that a lady named Amina was the one who brought or brought the auditor general into our house to take her hand in the marriage search.
“She did that knowing this is a very young girl, what does that mean? It shows that the Accountant General is after this very little girl to take advantage of her teenage age.
“When I heard that, I immediately messaged him because working with the then head of service I had the opportunity to have his contact when we met about a serious matter about the country. So I sent him a message on WhatsApp regarding his marriage; I sent him my picture, my son, my late sister and daughter Hussain. He replied that it was a small world confirming the marriage was true,” a high-profile family source had confided to SaharaReporters.
The family source added that the Accountant-General had bribed some media organizations who asked for their help and their request to expose his atrocities was therefore turned down.
“He went so far as to bribe this girl with over N200 million in gold, iPhones, buy her cars and give her millions of naira – all to get her attention. He started meeting different people he wanted to know about the girl’s family; He married the girl, just like that.
“There was no investigation just because he’s the Accountant General of the Federation. Why are things like this happening in this country? He even told the girl to look for a house of her choice in Abuja, he was willing to buy it for her.
“He’s spending government money and every media house we go to to report him, he’s paying them not to air or report the story. Please help us bring justice. This girl is only sixteen years old,” the source added.