EFCC chairman demanded $2m bribe from me – Matawalle

Our reporter/ The rift between Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), widened on Friday as the former accused the anti-graft agency chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, of demanding $2 million bribe from him.

The out going Zamfara state governor is under investigation by the EFCC for allegedly stealing N70bn from the state.

Matawalle had following the allegation called for Bawa’s resignation, saying he had questions to answer on corruption.

But the EFCC Chairman responded that he had nothing to hide and asked Matawalle to petition appropriate authorities if he had any evidence against him.

In an interview with BBC Hausa on Friday, Matawalle insisted that Bawa could not be trusted.

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“It is not just to always blame governors. It is not only governors who have treasury, the federal government also has. What does the EFCC boss do to them? As he is claiming he has evidence on governors, let him show to the world evidence of those at the federal level.

“If he exits office, people will surely know he is not an honest person. I have evidence against him. Let him vacate office, I am telling you within 10 seconds probably more than 200 people will bring evidences of bribe he collected from them. He knows what he requested from me but I declined.

“He requested a bribe of $2 million from me and I have evidence of this. He knows the house we met, he invited me and told me the conditions. He told me governors were going to his office but I did not. If I don’t have evidence, I won’t say this’.

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The anti-graft agency has not responded to the latest allegation by Matawalle asatthe of filingthisreport.


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