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Former Zamfara Gov, Matawalle Declared Wanted By EFCC

Posted by Samuel on Sun 18th Jun, 2023 - tori.ng

Recall that before the end of his tenure, Matawalle accused the now-suspended EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, of demanding a $2 million bribe from him, a claim that the anti-corruption agency has denied.

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The former governor of Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle has been reportedly declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over corruption allegations while in office.

A senior security source confided to the Sunday Tribune that the EFCC requested the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest Matawalle “anywhere he is seen” in the country on Saturday.

Recall that before the end of his tenure, Matawalle accused the now-suspended EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, of demanding a $2 million bribe from him, a claim that the anti-corruption agency has denied.

Matawalle, who aired his accusation in a Hausa Service interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), criticized the EFCC for targeting governors while ignoring federal officials with significant budget allocations.

In response to Matawalle’s bribery claim, the EFCC stated that it was, in fact, investigating the former governor for allegedly embezzling state funds amounting to N70 billion via unfulfilled contracts awarded to his acquaintances who have since received payment.

The Sunday Tribune’s investigations suggest that the former governor may have gone into hiding to evade capture by the anti-graft agency.

“Have you seen him anywhere lately?”
a security official queried rhetorically during a conversation about the ongoing situation.



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