Ex-Accountant General’s Missing Statement Stalls Trial in Alleged N109bn Fraud
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on March 1, 2023
The trial of former Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris on alleged N109 billion corruption charges was today stalled at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) over the disappearance of one of the statements he made to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) during investigations.
The statement dated July 5, 2022, could not be located by EFCC in its own file, that of the High Court as well as that of the defence team.
At today’s proceedings, the anti-graft agency through its counsel, Mr Oluwaleke Atolagbe had kick-started the trial within trial, following the denial by the ex-Accountant General that some of the statements he made to EFCC in respect of the N109 billion alleged fraud were made voluntary.
Idris, who was re-arraigned, last October, had persistently alleged that the key statements proposed by the EFCC to be used against him in the alleged corruption charges were made under duress.
In the same vein, Justice Yusuf sentenced Olowokere to six months imprisonment with option of Fifty Thousand Naira Only on each count.