… As Police arrest 198 suspects in Kano State***
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) says it will on Friday, arraign the former Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris.
Mr Wilson Uwujaren, the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC said this in a statement on Thursday, in Abuja.
Uwujaren said the former AGF and the three others would be arraigned before Justice Adeyemi Ajayi of an FCT High Court.
He said the three others to be docked alongside the AGF over N109 billion fraud were Godfrey Akindele, Mohammed Usman and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited.
According to him, the suspects will be arraigned on a 14 count charge of stealing and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N109, 485,572,691.9.
The newsmen recall that the former AGF was arrested on May 16, by the EFCC over the alleged diversion and laundering of N109 billion.
The EFCC said verified intelligence reports showed that Idris raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members, and close associates.
The commission said the funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.
It said Idris was arrested after he failed to honour invitations by the commission to respond to issues connected to the alleged fraudulent acts.
In the meantime, the Police Command in Kano State says it has arrested 198 suspected criminals in the state between June 27 and July 20.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Samaila Dikko, made the disclosure at a press conference on the Command’s achievements, on Thursday in Kano.
He said that 42 of the suspects were arrested for armed robbery, nine for kidnapping, 16 fraudsters, and 27 for cars and tricycle theft.
Other suspects included 12 for drug dealing, and 92 thugs popularly called “Yan daba”.
The commissioner revealed that the suspects were arrested from various parts of the state during joint operations with other security agencies, community policing initiatives, and routine raids of criminal hideouts.
Dikko added that some of the suspects had been charged to court.
“Intelligence-led and visibility policing, as well as, rapid response to distress calls also contributed immensely in recording the successes,” he said.
According to him, five victims of human trafficking were rescued by the police during the period under review.
He said that items recovered from the suspects included 25 rifles including three AK-47s, 12 cars, seven tricycles, three motorcycles, and 122 knives.
Other items include 269 parcels of dried leaves suspected to be Cannabis sativa, 134 mobile phones, four laptops, 16 Plasma TV, and psychotropic substances, among others.
The commissioner lauded other security agencies, the media, Civil Society Organisations, and community policing stakeholders for their support and cooperation with the police.