By Henri Uche
Following the arrest and detention of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Idris Ahmed, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recently for an alleged offense of stealing N80 billion from the Treasury of the country, the Human and Environmental Development Program (HEDA Resource Center) requested the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) to submit Ahmed to the institute’s disciplinary tribunal for further investigation and sanctions.
In a letter signed by HEDA President Olanrewaju Suraju, the leading anti-corruption civil society organization instructed ICAN to immediately stand up and protect its image before men like Ahmed drag it through the mud, since it is a member of ICAN.
“Mr. Ahmed being a qualified Chartered Accountant was appointed to manage the accounts of the Federation, however, he would have ended up abusing the trust placed in him by the good Nigerian people and the government. He breached the Code of Professional Conduct and the Guide for Members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.”
“Under section 12.0 of the Code of Ethics, a public accountant is required to comply at all times with the Fundamental Principles of the Institute. These fundamental principles are: integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due diligence, confidentiality and professional behavior.
“It is evident that Ahmed breached all the fundamental principles stated above and the ethical standard of the Institute by the allegations of embezzlement and theft of public funds, resulting in his arrest and detention by the EFCC. “
“It is on this note that we call on ICAN to refer our complaint to the Accountants Disciplinary Tribunal for proper investigation and maximum penalties against its member (Idris Ahmed) to deter other members of the noble profession and the Institute to submit to the profession of further discrediting and embarrassing the Institute and the Federal Republic of Nigeria,”
The non-partisan League for Human Rights and Development under President Suraju reiterated its determination to protect and promote universally recognized human rights, public accountability, transparency and environmental justice in Nigeria and in Africa, in accordance with the best international standards.
“We are ready to work for this country, our mandate and our past achievements remain our driving force. We will not shudder or back down in the face of any form of injustice, maladministration or mismanagement of public resources, no matter which ox is gored. What we need in this course is the support of certain institutions like the judiciary and the media to remake Nigeria for the good of all,” he asserted.