Allegations of Bribery: Zamfara State Governor Accuses EFCC Chairman of Demanding $2 Million
In a recent development that has intensified the ongoing feud between Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the governor has made a startling allegation against the EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa. According to Governor Matawalle, Bawa demanded a hefty bribe of $2 million from him. This accusation has prompted a demand for Bawa’s resignation as the governor accuses him of using his position for corrupt practices. In response, the EFCC Chairman has challenged the governor to provide evidence and has called for the appropriate authorities to investigate the matter. Let’s delve into the details.
The Allegation and Call for Resignation:
Governor Matawalle, in a statement released on May 19, revealed his encounter with the EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, wherein he alleged that Bawa requested a bribe of $2 million. Expressing his dissatisfaction, Governor Matawalle urged Bawa to step down from his position, highlighting the need for integrity and accountability within the EFCC.
Governor Matawalle’s Counterargument:
In an interview with BBC Hausa, Governor Matawalle raised questions about the EFCC’s focus solely on governors while neglecting the federal government’s treasury. He challenged Bawa to present evidence of corruption cases involving federal officials, emphasizing that if Bawa were to leave office, numerous individuals would come forward with evidence of bribes he had allegedly accepted. The governor claimed to possess evidence supporting his accusation, citing a specific meeting where the bribe demand was made, which he declined.
EFCC Chairman’s Response:
Responding to the allegations, EFCC Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa, in an interview with BBC Hausa, maintained his innocence and invited Governor Matawalle to report any evidence he had to the appropriate authorities. Bawa emphasized his commitment to transparency and accountability within the EFCC and expressed his willingness to face investigations to clear his name.
Implications and Conclusion:
The accusation made by Governor Matawalle against the EFCC Chairman has ignited a fierce controversy, casting doubts on the credibility and integrity of the anti-graft agency. As the allegations unfold, it is imperative for the appropriate authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter to ascertain the truth. The outcome of this investigation will have significant implications for the reputation of both Governor Matawalle and EFCC Chairman Bawa, as well as for the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on the allegations made by Governor Bello Matawalle and the responses provided by EFCC Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa. The veracity of these claims and counterclaims should be determined through an official investigation by relevant authorities.