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I have evidence of corrupt practices against EFCC boss – Matawalle

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has accused the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Malam Abdulrasheed Bawa, of being corrupt.

The governor, in a press statement on Wednesday, personally signed by him and and obtained by our newspaper, said Bawa should also surrender himself for investigation.

According to him, he and some eminent Nigerians have evidence to substantiate Bawa’s corrupt practices and abuse of office.

Referring to a statement credited to Bawa that the anti-graft agency had “sent invitations to all outgoing Governors and Commissioners in a bid to commence investigation into alleged corruption and abuse of office perpetrated by them while in office,” Matawalle said Bawa should also extend the investigation to officers in the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency and the Federal Executive Council.

Accusing Bawa of engaging in corrupt practices, Matawalle said, “In furtherance of my desire to engender a broad-based investigation and an enlargement of the fight against corruption, I will also demand that Abdulrasheed Bawa excuse himself and surrender himself for investigation, as I and some eminent Nigerians have evidence of corrupt practices, breach of public trust and abuse of office against him and the commission led by him.

“Importantly, he needs to come clean with Nigerians on the way and manner he has prosecuted the anti-corruption fight.

“He needs to explain among others how seized assets by the EFCC are being sold without adherence to due process.

“He should explain, for instance, how he has assumed the role of the plaintiff, prosecutor and jury and how he has executed his brand of plea bargaining with suspected criminals and saboteurs of the Nigerian economy and agenda who instead of being put on trial, are walking freely all over Nigeria.

“It is when the EFCC Chair does this and becomes open, non-selective and all-embracing with his invitation, that will we take him seriously.

“It is only then will serious-minded officers who have served the people selflessly and meritoriously, and are not opposed to an examination of their books, and indeed Nigerians generally take him seriously.

“Without this, it is just a case of another person in government who has some explaining to do himself over allegations of corruption, high-handedness and abuse of office now asking others to account, by so doing, merely giving Nigerians a comic relief from the present challenging times they are experiencing.”

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