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JUST-IN: EFCC Declares Former Zamfara Gov, Matawalle Wanted

The former governor of Zamfara, Bello Matawalle, has been proclaimed wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for suspected corruption while in office.

The EFCC ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest Matawalle on Saturday “anywhere he is seen” in the nation, a top security source revealed to Sunday Tribune.

A few days before the end of his term, Matawalle alleged that Abdulrasheed Bawa, the now-suspended EFCC chairman, had demanded a $2 million bribe from him. The anti-graft organisation refuted this claim.

Matawalle, who had made the allegation in a Hausa Service interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), had pilloried the EFCC for going after governors while ignoring federal officials with big budgetary allocations.

In denying the allegation, 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.

Sunday Tribune investigation revealed that the ex-governor might have gone into hiding for fear of being nabbed by the anti-graft agency.

“Have you seen him anywhere lately?” asked rhetorically by a security official while responding to Sunday Tribune’s enquiry about the development.

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