…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
In a dramatic twist, Governor Mohammed Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has responded to allegations of embezzlement by accusing Abdulrasheed Bawa, the head of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), of corruption.
The exchange unfolded after the EFCC released a statement claiming that Governor Matawalle was under investigation for allegedly misappropriating over 70 billion naira.
Governor’s Call for Fair Investigation
Governor Matawalle, in an interview with the BBC, questioned Bawa’s integrity and called for his resignation to ensure a fair investigation into the corruption charges leveled against him.
He emphasized that while investigations are not forbidden, they must be conducted impartially.
The governor pointed out that he is not the only one with a bank account, implying that others should also be scrutinized.
Challenge and Potential Witnesses
The governor challenged Bawa to disclose all the evidence he holds, not only regarding Matawalle but also concerning other colleagues who face allegations.
He insisted on Bawa stepping down and mentioned the presence of potential witnesses willing to testify against the EFCC chief.
Governor Matawalle hinted at undisclosed matters between himself and Bawa, suggesting that Bawa is aware of the potential consequences.
EFCC’s Response and Police Involvement
In response to the accusations, the EFCC encouraged Governor Matawalle to present any evidence of corruption against Bawa to the police.
Bawa, when contacted by the BBC, responded with a philosophical assertion, acknowledging that no human is without faults.
He welcomed any complaints about himself, as well as any governors or ministers, to be reported to the police, implying that proper channels should be followed for addressing grievances.
In summary, Governor Matawalle of Zamfara State has accused the head of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, of corruption in response to allegations of embezzlement.
The governor called for a fair investigation, challenged Bawa to reveal evidence, and indicated the presence of potential witnesses.
The EFCC responded by suggesting that the governor should bring forth any evidence of corruption to the police.
Bawa acknowledged the possibility of faults but maintained that complaints should be reported through appropriate channels.