Ahmed Idris Full Biography, Age, Career, EFCC arrest, Controversies, Net Worth, Accountant General
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Ahmed Idris Full Biography, Age, Career, EFCC arrest, Controversies, Net Worth, Accountant General

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In this article, we at Stechitegist will be sharing with you all you need to know about a Nigerian financial accountant, Ahmed Idris ranging from his biography, early life, Age, career, controversies, State of Origin, etc.

Ahmed Idris Full Biography, Age, Career, EFCC arrest, Controversies, Net Worth, Accountant General

Ahmed Idris is a Nigerian financial accountant and incumbent Accountant General of the Federation of Nigeria.  

Mr. Ahmed Idris was appointed as Accountant General on June 25, 2015, to succeed Jonah Ogunniyi Otunla who was sacked by Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly misappropriating N2.5 billion of security agencies’ funds. Idris was re-appointed Accountant General after Buhari won a second term in 2019.

Before we dig deeper, here’s a summary of his profile below:

Ahmed Idris Profile At A Glance

NameAhmed Idris
Real NameAhmed Idris
Date of BirthNovember 25, 1960
Age62 years (2022)
OccupationAccountant
State of OriginKano State
NationalityNigeria
TribeHausa
Political PartyAll Progressive Congress (APC)
ReligionMuslim
Net Worth$1.5 million

Ahmed Idris Biography and Early Life

Ahmed Idris was born on November 25, 1960. He is 62 years old. He is Married and has Children. The hobbies of the Accountant General of the Federation include reading, academic discussion, and excursions. He is a Muslim from Kano state.

Ahmed Idris Full Biography, Age, Career, EFCC arrest, Controversies, Net Worth, Accountant General

Ahmed Idris Educational Background

Ahmed Idris gained his primary school leaving certificate in 1975 and West African School Certificate in 1980 from Dandago Primary School, Kano, and Kano Community Commercial College respectively.

Mr. Ahmed Idris attended the famous School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, during the 1980/1981 academic session for his IJMB (‘A’ Level equivalent) Certificate, and got admitted into the degree program of the Institution in 1981, from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy in 1984.

He later obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and International Affairs and Diplomacy Degrees from Bayero University, Kano, and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1989 and 2006 respectively.

Ahmed Idris Career

Mr. Ahmed Idris was appointed as Accountant General on June 25, 2015, to succeed Jonah Ogunniyi Otunla who was sacked by Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly misappropriating N2.5 billion of security agencies’ funds. Idris was re-appointed Accountant General after Buhari won a second term in 2019.

Ahmed Idris Full Biography, Age, Career, EFCC arrest, Controversies, Net Worth, Accountant General

Mr. Idris started his working experience as an Audit Officer at Muhtari Dangana and Co, Chartered Accounts Firm, Kano in 1985. He was also Head, of the Loan Syndication Unit of Continental Merchants Bank between 1989 and 1994 before moving to TY Chemical Limited (White Oil Refinery) in Kaduna as a Senior Management Accountant.

He joined the public service as Assistant Director (Finance and Accounts) at the Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF) in charge of Financial Analysis in 2000.

He has also worked at National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) and Ministry of Police Affairs, as Deputy Director (Finance and Accounts) at the Federal Ministry of Interior and Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF), as Director (Finance and Accounts) at the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Ministry of Mines and Steel Development

Ahmed Idris was appointed as Accountant General on June 25, 2015, to succeed Jonah Ogunniyi Otunla who was sacked by Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly misappropriating N2.5 billion of security agencies’ funds. Idris was re-appointed Accountant General after Buhari won a second term in 2019

Prior to his appointment as AGF, he was a director in the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel. He is a member of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN).

Ahmed Idris Full Biography, Age, Career, EFCC arrest, Controversies, Net Worth, Accountant General

Mr. Ahmed Idris has been instrumental to the successful turnaround in the nation’s public finance machinery. He is credited for the successful implementation of a number of far-reaching reforms in the Public Finance Management (PFM).

Under his watch, the Nigerian Public Finance Management arena has undergone quite a number of reform initiatives; such as the Treasury Single Account, (TSA) which has garnered national and international acclaim; the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) which has saved the nation billions of naira as well as cut down on ghost workers syndrome.

Others include the International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS) which saw Nigeria transiting from Cash Basis reporting to Accrual Basis; the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) a centralized platform for Government Budgeting and Expenditure; the Assets Tracking Management Project (ATMP); the on-going transformation of the Federal Treasury Academy as a world-class training institution, and a host of others.

The AGF in the course of duty had attended many courses locally and abroad which broadened his professional horizon and enriched his competencies including Revenue Generation and Accountability for Local Governments organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

In 2015, Ahmed Idris was appointed the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF). Prior to his appointment, he was a director in the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel.

On the international front, Idris has attended the World Bank Disbursement Seminar, Reston, Virginia USA; IPSAS Course, Manchester Business School, United Kingdom, among several others.

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Mr. Ahmed Idris is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) and the first member of the Association to be so appointed as the Accountant-General of the Federation.

Ahmed Idris Full Biography, Age, Career, EFCC arrest, Controversies, Net Worth, Accountant General

He is also a member of other professional bodies such as Fellow Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Certified Institute of Cost Management of Nigeria and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Pro-tem Council Member of Chartered Institute of Forensic And Investigative Auditors of Nigeria (CIFIAN).

EFCC Arrest of Ahmed Idris

On May 16, 2022, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arrested Idris in Kano over his failure to honor an invitation to explain to the commission how a total of eighty billion nairas was spent by his office on bogus and fictitious contracts awarded to cronies, friends and family members.

EFCC stated in a press release that Idris laundered the funds through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.

Ahmed Idris Controversies

Lack of NBET oversight

In September 2019, Idris was accused of absconding on his office’s oversight duties over the Marilyn Amobi-run Nigerian Bulk Electricity PLC (NBET). Amobi was long accused of corruption along with workplace abuse and intimidation of subordinates leading reporters from the International Centre for Investigative Reporting to note that Idris’ office had not audited NBET since Amobi had become managing director in 2016. The previous independent audit was also from before Amobi took office in breach of financial regulations over government-owned companies which state that audits must be annual. Further questions were raised when it was noted that the 2018 NBET budget earmarked ₦43,565,908 for a 2017 audit that never took place; further money was allocated for nonexistent audits in 2018 and 2019 as well. Further reports also showed that Idris had sent staff from his office to NBET in another breach of regulations. Idris did not respond to requests for comment on the controversy.

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Mandatory retirement age

According to civil service rules, career civil servants must retire either at the age of 60 or having worked for 35 years, whichever comes first; Idris did not retire once turning 60 in November 2020, instead of lobbying senators, governors, and emirs to convince President Buhari to retain Idris before writing to SGF Boss Mustapha seeking “clarification” on his status. Idris claimed to be a political appointee not bound by civil service rule while the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria and its president, Bola Audu Innocent claimed Idris was a civil servant legally required to retire. 

Ultimately, Buhari retained Idris past the mandatory retirement date of November 25, 2020, with Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige stating after a meeting with the ASCSN that Buhari’s re-appointment of Idris in 2019 for a four-year term meant Idris was not bound by the civil service retirement age.

In January 2021, a lawsuit was filed by Incorporated Trustees Of Youth Empowerment And Equal Justice asking the Federal High Court to remove Idris from his position and force him to return his post-November 2020 salaries to the government. As of March 2021, the lawsuit is still ongoing.

Missing ₦106bn from MDAs

In April 2021, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) petitioned Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami to probe Idris after SERAP discovered over ₦106 billion missing from the budgets of ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) in 2018.

SERAP found the money missing after reviewing the 2018 Office of the Auditor General for the Federation report and requested that Malami ask Idris along with Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed “to explain why they allegedly failed to ensure strict compliance with relevant legislation, rules, and regulations across all MDAs, despite the warning and recommendations by the Auditor-General.”

Property acquisitions in office

While serving as Accountant-General, Idris bought several properties worth multi-billion naira without a clear source for the funds. Gezawa Commodity Market Limited and Gezawa Integrated Farms Limited were acquired by Idris during his time in office with both companies having Idris’ family members on their boards and as major shareholders.

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Idris also bought the Sokoto Hotel in Kano for ₦500 million before ordering it demolished and a shopping mall built on the site. The Academic Staff Union of Universities along with journalists asked Idris to explain the source of the money used to buy the properties.

Ahmed Idris Net Worth

Ahmed Idris’s Net Worth is estimated at $1.5 million dollars.

Ahmed Idris Full Biography, Age, Career, EFCC arrest, Controversies, Net Worth, Accountant General

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