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EFCC detective denies offering former Accountant General leniency in corruption case

Mahmud Tukur refutes allegations of deception, as trial-within-trial unfolds in high-profile trial

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In a high-stakes legal showdown, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detective Mahmud Tukur vehemently denied allegations of promising leniency to former Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, in exchange for implicating government officials in corruption charges.

The dramatic courtroom exchange unfolded at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, where Idris had previously accused the EFCC of misleading him into confessing to allegations. Idris alleged that the EFCC sought to leverage his testimony to implicate the former Minister of Finance and other officials in financial misconduct related to derivation funds.

Facing intense scrutiny, Tukur stood firm, refuting Idris’s claims and affirming the voluntary nature of the statements obtained. He maintained that all 13 statements, including two confessions, were made voluntarily and in accordance with due process.

Under cross-examination by Idris’s counsel, Chris Uche (SAN), Tukur clarified the EFCC’s procedural protocols and denied any promises of immunity from prosecution. Despite acknowledging certain procedural lapses, including the absence of a formal invitation for Idris’s second statement, Tukur categorically dismissed allegations of misconduct.

As the trial-within-trial continued, Justice Yusuf Halilu adjourned proceedings to May 15, marking another chapter in a closely-watched legal battle emblematic of Nigeria’s fight against corruption.

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