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Ex-Accountant General Accuses EFCC of Deception in N109.5bn Scandal

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The former Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, stands at the center of a legal storm, embroiled in allegations of criminal breach of trust and embezzlement amounting to a staggering N109.5 billion. Idris, alongside his co-defendants Godfrey Akindele, Mohammed Usman, and the corporate entity Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited, find themselves navigating a labyrinth of legal challenges and public scrutiny.

The case, which has captivated the nation’s attention, took a controversial twist during a recent court proceeding. Idris accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of engaging in deceptive practices to extract a confession from him. According to Idris, the anti-graft agency purportedly sought his cooperation under the guise of targeting higher-profile individuals, namely the Minister of Finance and certain governors associated with the receipt of derivation funds.

This accusation emerged amidst the testimony of a prosecution witness, Hayatudeen Ahmed, who presented a statement allegedly penned by Idris on May 16, 2022. In it, Idris claimed that the EFCC had assured him his statements would not be wielded against him. His lawyer, Chris Uche (SAN), emphasized during cross-examination that Idris was led to believe his cooperation would spare him from prosecution, with the real targets being the Minister of Finance and some governors.

However, the prosecution’s stance remained unwavering, denying any assurances were given to Idris. The witness firmly stated that the declarations made by Idris across various dates in May, June, and July 2022 were done so voluntarily, countering the defense’s narrative of coercion.

Adding another layer to the proceedings, the EFCC’s counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), introduced a video recording as evidence. This video, capturing interviews with the first to third defendants, aimed to debunk claims of interrogation without legal representation or video documentation, as mandated by the Administration of Criminal Justice Act. Despite objections from Idris’ legal team concerning the timeliness of the video’s submission, Justice Yusuf Halilu admitted the video into evidence, distinguishing between admissibility and the weight of evidence.

The unfolding saga of Ahmed Idris and his co-defendants not only highlights the complexities of legal battles involving high-ranking officials but also casts a spotlight on the intricate dance between accountability and the quest for justice in Nigeria’s fight against corruption. As the case adjourns until March 20, the nation watches eagerly, awaiting the next chapter in this legal drama that tests the integrity of its financial and judicial institutions.

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