The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is oiling its international networks amid plans by political office holders to flee the country for other climes on leaving office.
Reacting further on Friday to claims by Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, that its boss, Abdulrasheed Bawa, demanded a $2 million bribe from him, apparently to drop corruption allegations against him, the Commission in a statement said, “Again, the Commission wishes to alert the public about plans by some of the alleged corrupt politically exposed persons to flee the country ahead of May 29.
“The Commission is working in close collaboration with its international partners to frustrate these escape plans and bring those involved to justice.”
On the governor’s allegation, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren in a statement titled “Matawalle’s $2m Bribe Hoax: EFCC Will Not Bandy Words with Suspect”, said: “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been drawn to a trending interview granted to the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, by Bello Muhammed Matawalle, governor of Zamfara State, where he allegedly made wild bribery allegations against the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa
“Matawalle’s recourse to mudslinging is symptomatic of a drowning man clutching at straws. But despite the irritation of his phantom claims, the Commission will not be drawn into a mud fight with a suspect under its investigation for corruption and unconscionable pillage of the resources of his state. If Matawalle will be taken seriously, he should go beyond sabre-rattling by spilling the beans – provide concrete evidence as proof of his allegations.”
Matawalle: EFCC boss demanded $2m bribe from me; Prove it – Bawa