Months after a group, Human and Environmental Development Agenda, asked the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, to explain to Nigerians why he made a total payment of N173bn into various government accounts without proper schedule on what the funds were meant for, the AGF has been caught in a web of another controversy regarding his acquisition of multi-billion naira worth of properties in his home state of Kano.
The AGF is the administrative head of the treasury, usually appointed by the President for a period of four years in line with the Nigerian constitution.
The office was created in 1988 under the Civil Services Reorganisation Decree 43.
Documents seen by SaharaReporters have shown that Idris had acquired several properties whose value run into many billions of naira since being appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the administrative head of the treasury in June 2015.
A visit by SaharaReporters to Gezawa Commodity Market Limited and Gezawa Integrated Farms Limited owned by Idris lend credence to the allegations made by concerned citizens and some stakeholders on how and where the AGF got the money he used in acquiring the multi-billion naira firms, both in Kano through his direct family members.
The shareholdings of both firms indicate a spread of Idris family members on the official board.