The trial of Ahmed Idris, a former Accountant General of the Federation, on an alleged N109 billion corruption charge at the Federal Capital Territory High Court has been extended to March 20 after the first prosecution witness’s cross questioning was completed.
Idris is being tried alongside three others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly diverting the N109 billion.
During the proceedings, the witness admitted that the former accountant general did not have a lawyer present when his comments were recorded during an anti-graft probe.
The witness informed the court that the anti-graft agency took the statements of the former accountant general six times in the year 2022, and on all of these days, he waived his rights to an attorney as a condition to being granted bail on self-recognition.
The trial judge, Yusuf Halilu, admitted as evidence a video tendered by the counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs.
The said video is an interview session of Idris and two other accused persons, a recording done with the use of a smartphone, without their knowledge.
The EFCC will call its second witness in the continuation of the former accountant general’s trial on March 20.