- The search for a news accountant-general of the federation has commenced following the ouster of Ahmed Idris
- It is believed that 20 names have been submitted by the permanent secretary for consideration to take over the new role
- Meanwhile, only directors that are on the level 17 radar on or before 1st of January, 2020 will be considered for the role
FCT, Abuja - No fewer than 20 directors are in line to replace the embattled former accountant-general of the federation, Ahmed Idris who was recently fired bordering on an alleged N80 billion fraud.
As reported by the PUNCH newspaper, the Office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation issued a circular confirming that processes had commenced the search for a new substantive AGF.
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Legit.ng gathered that only those directors that have attained level 17 in the civil service on or before 1st January 2020 will be considered for the role.
It is also believed that the permanent secretary at the ministry of finance has submitted several lists for consideration.
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Caretaker AGF, Anamekwe replaced
However, as the hunt for a new AGF continues, the Daily Trust newspaper reported that Mr Sylva Okolieaboh, a director at the Treasury Single Account (TSA) department, has replaced Chukwuyere Anamekwe as the acting Accountant General of the Federation (AGF).
As recalled by the newspaper, Anamekwe was appointed on the premise of a caretaker following Ahmed Idris ouster from the position.
Reports have it that Anamekwe who has been placed on a caretaker role is also on the radar of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a reason that most likely informed his replacement as well.
Ahmed Idris regains freedom form EFCC custody
Idris who was arrested by the EFCC for questioning after several failed attempt is being accused of an N80bn fraud.
Sources close to the family revealed that the embattled Accountant-General of the Federation was released on Wednesday, June 1
EFCC grills Malami's aides over alleged sale of presidential pardon
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported there was a strong allegation that aides to Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, sold presidential pardon.
The EFCC, according to an insider from the ministry of justice, has begun an investigation into the claim and is said to be probing the aides, Punch reports.
Part of the claim is that Malami's aides were involved in processing the list of persons given the pardon such as former Governor Joshua Dariye, and Ex-governor Jolly Nyame of Taraba.