EFCC chairman demanded $2m bribe from me – Zamfara Gov


EFCC chairman demanded $2m bribe from me – Zamfara Gov

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Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, on Friday, accused the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, of demanding $2 million bribe from him.

Matawalle made the allegation amid the raging rift between the him and the anti-graft agency’s boss, Bawa.

The Zamfara governor had in a statement on Wednesday demanded Bawa’s resignation, alleging he had questions to answer on corruption.

The EFCC Chairman, however, responded that he had nothing to hide, asking Matawalle to petition the appropriate authorities if he had any evidence against him.

But Matawalle in an interview with BBC Hausa, insisted that Bawa could not be trusted.

He said, “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.”

But EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren, when contact for reaction, declined to comment, saying he had not read the story and could not respond.

When told Matawalle spoke on BBC Hausa, the EFCC spokesman said he could not speak Hausa and requested the story link be sent to him for a response.

However, as of the time of filling this report, he had yet to respond.