Bello Muhammed Matawalle, the governor of Zamfara State, said that Abdulrasheed Bawa, the organization’s chairman, was chasing him for rejecting a $2 million bribe. However, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has called this accusation a fraud.
Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC’s spokesman, claimed in a late-night statement made available to Vanguard that the departing Zamfara governor made up the story to threaten Bawa and the Commission but that the agency would not respond to such a baseless accusation. Instead, the governor was tasked with presenting whatever proof he had against the EFCC Chairman to back up his claim.
The spokesman stated, “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been made aware of a trending interview given to the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, by Bello Muhammed Matawalle, governor of Zamfara State, in which he allegedly made outrageous bribery allegations against the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa.
The use of mudslinging by Matawalle is comparable to a drowning man grasping for air. But while being irritated by his imaginary accusations, the Commission would not get into a mudslinging match with a suspect it is looking into for corruption and callous looting of his state’s resources.
“If Matawalle wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than just threaten; he needs to reveal the truth and back up his claims with hard data.
The committee wants to remind the public that some allegedly corrupt and politically exposed people intend to leave the country before May 29.
“The commission is working closely with its international partners to thwart these escape plans and prosecute those responsible,” reads a statement from the Commission.