Court adjourns trial of AG-F Idris and others over alleged N109b fraud
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on March 2, 2023
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has revealed how its investigators got evidence from the suspended Accountant General of the Federation, AG-F, Ahmed Idris while probing his alleged involvement in the diversion of about N109 billion public funds.
An investigator with the EFCC, Hayatudeen Ahmed, told a High Court of the FCT that Idris voluntarily offered written statements to the commission when confronted with facts of the agency’s investigations on the fraud allegation against him.
Led in evidence by the prosecution lawyer Oluwaleke Atolagbe, Ahmed gave details of how Idris voluntarily made 13 statements, mostly in the presence of his lawyers.
Ahmed spoke during the commencement of the trial-within-trial ordered by the court to ascertain the accuracy of the claims by lawyers to Idris, who stated that the defendant was pressured by the EFCC to make the statements.
The trial-within-trial was ordered by the trial judge, Justice Halilu Yusuf, following the objection raised on November 23, 2022 by the defence team, led by Chris Uche, SAN.