EFCC boss requested $2m bribe from me, Zamfara governor Matawalle alleges
Zamfara State governor Bello Matawalle has claimed that the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, allegedly requesting $2 million bribe from him.
Matawalle made the claims in an interview on BBC Hausa.
The latest allegation comes amid the growing rift between Matawalle and the EFCC boss.
The Zamfara governor. in a statement on Wednesday, called for Bawa’s resignation, saying he had questions to answer on corruption.
But the EFCC Chairman replied that he had nothing to hide and asked Matawalle to petition appropriate authorities if he had any evidence against him.
“It is not just to always blame governors. It is not only governors who have treasury, the federal government also has,” Matawalle said in the interview.
“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.”