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N109.4bn Fraud: Court Remands Suspended Accountant-General In Prison

An Abuja High Court has remanded the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, in prison custody over alleged illegal diversion of public funds to the tune of N109.4 billion.

Mr Idris and three others were arraigned Friday morning before Justice Adeyemi Ajayi on charges of stealing and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N109.4 billion.

Justice Ajayi, who remanded the suspended AGF and other defendants in the matter, said they will remain in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service till Wednesday when their bail applications would be heard.

The former AGF and his fco-defendants, Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Usman and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited, earlier pleaded not guilty to the 14 count charge levelled against them by the EFCC.

Counsel to Mr Idris, Chris Uche had asked the court to allow the defendant to continue enjoying the administrative bail granted to him by the antigraft agency.

He argued that the EFCC has the defendants international passport, and as such they should be allowed to come back on Monday to take their bail application.

But the EFCC’s counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, disagreed, saying the administrative bail ended once the charge was filed.

In her ruling, the judge rejected the argument of the defence and remanded the accused persons in Kuje Prison, despite pleas by Mr. Uche to send his client rather to EFCC detention facility.

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