Corruption and Underdevelopment

Zamfara ex-governor arrested by EFCC over Accountant-General’s N80b probe


A former Governor of Zamfara State (names withheld) has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with the anti-graft body’s ongoing investigation of the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

The former governor was arrested on Sunday at his residence in Abuja.

Idris has been in the EFCC custody since May 16 facing investigators over allegations of N80 billion fraud.

Investigators are working with the lead that he allegedly conspired with others to steal public funds which he was meant to safeguard.

One of his suspected accomplices is the former governor, EFCC sources revealed, saying that suspicious transactions between both men were “in the area of N20 billion.”

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The erstwhile governor is not new to anti-graft law enforcement actions. Last year, he was repeatedly held and questioned by the EFCC over allegations that he criminally diverted billions in Zamfara’s funds kept in a bank.

On his watch as governor of the impoverished northwestern state of Nigeria, terrorist outlaws, commonly called bandits, started ravaging communities.

A state report commissioned by his successor indicted him for allegedly mismanaging the ethnic conflict between Hausa and Fulani communities, leading to the armed banditry that is ravaging Nigeria’s north-west geopolitical zone and beyond.

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