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Matawalle not wanted – EFCC

The former Governor of Zamfara, Bello Matawalle, is not a wanted person, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has declared.

 

EFCC via a statement on Sunday noted that despite all the allegations, the former governor was not declared wanted.

The anti-graft agency’s statement reads: “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to a report, entitled, Alleged N70b Fraud: EFCC Declares Ex-Zamfara Gov, Matawalle Wanted, which appeared in the Sunday Tribune of June 18, 2023 and purports that the Commission had declared a former Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle wanted and requested the Department of State Service, DSS, to arrest him, “anywhere he is seen”.

“Without prejudice to the case involving the former governor, the report is incorrect as the Commission has yet to declare Matawalle wanted or solicit the assistance of any Agency, including the DSS, to effect his arrest.

“The Commission has standard procedure for declaring persons wanted and communicating same to the public, not through faceless “security sources”.

Recall, a few days to the end of his tenure, Matawalle had accused the now suspended EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, of demanding a $2m bribe from him.

Matawalle, in the interview with BBC, also berated the EFCC for going after governors while ignoring federal officials with big budgetary allocations.

However, in denying the allegations, the EFCC said it was investigating Matawalle for allegedly siphoning state funds running to N70 billion through unexecuted contracts awarded to his cronies and for which money was received.

The Zamfara State governor, Dauda Lawal, also accused Matawalle of stealing official vehicles from the Government House before handing over the state’s leadership to him.

The governor said his predecessor sold all the official vehicles, refrigerators, television sets and other items in the Government House.

Earlier in its report, Sunday Tribune had reported that the EFCC had declared Matawalle, wanted over alleged corruption while in office.

A top security source allegedly confided in Sunday Tribune that the EFCC, on Saturday, asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest EFCC declares Matawalle wanted and that the commission had asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest Matawalle “anywhere he is seen” in the country.

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