President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly replaced the recently appointed acting Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Chukwuyere Anamekwe, amid corruption allegations.
Anamekwe has been replaced with Okolieaboh Ezeoke Sylva, a former Treasury Single Account Director, who will oversee the department as the civil service scrambles for a replacement.
Anamekwe’s replacement followed allegations that he was being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and some of the properties he acquired fraudulently had been recovered by the anti-corruption agencies.
According to Sahara Reporters, one of his financial crimes was allegedly committed while he was the Director of Finance and Accounts (DFA) at the Ministry of Defence.
He was also allegedly involved in other fraudulent activities and used the Government Integrated Financial Management System (GIFMIS) to steal the salaries of federal government staff.
It could be recalled that he was appointed acting AGF on May 22 by President Buhari after an investigation was launched against the ousted AGF, Ahmed Idris, over allegations that he stole and laundered more than N80 billion of public funds.
However, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Mrs. Folasade Yemi-Esan has issued a circular for members to apply for the vacant position.
In a memo titled: “Commencement of the process of appointment of a substantive Accountant-General of the Federation”, the HoCSF directed permanent secretaries to forward details of eligible directors on Grade 17 to her on or before 4:00 pm on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.
“Those who have attained the position of Substantive Director (Grade 17) on or before January 1, 2020 and are not retiring from the service earlier than December 31, 2024 are eligible to participate in the selection process while officers undergoing disciplinary proceedings are excluded.”