EFCC to Continue Matawalle’s N70 Billion Corruption Case

The EFCC commits to continuing the N70 billion corruption case against former Zamfara Governor Bello Matawalle.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has informed the public that it would continue with the alleged N70 billion corruption investigation against the Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, throughout his time as the Governor of Zamfara State from 2019 to 2023.

The EFCC’s Acting Director of Public Affairs, Wilson Uwajuren, revealed this while addressing demonstrators under the banner of the APC Akida Forum who were at the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja on Friday, to demand the reopening of the ongoing case.

Uwajuren informed the demonstrators that once the EFCC launched an inquiry, it would not be closed, and guaranteed them that their demand would be looked into.

“I want to commend members of the APC Akida Forum for this peaceful protest. It is within your rights to protest. The Constitution guarantees the right of free expression and you have done that today. I want to assure you all that the EFCC does not close cases. Once we open an investigation into a case, we do not close such a matter. So I assure you that this petition will be looked into. Thank you very much,” he said.

Presenting a copy of their appeal to the EFCC, Chairman of the group, Musa Mahmud, requested the Commission to resume the investigation into the corruption charges against Matawalle.

He said the demand comes amidst mounting worries about corruption in Nigeria and the aggressive moves taken by the APC administration regarding government officials accused of theft, including former Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, among others.

Mahmud also requested the EFCC to probe the $2.1 billion armaments sale, which includes Matawalle among the dishonourable Nigerians and corporations that benefitted from the former National Security Adviser’s NSA scandal.

“The APC AKIDA Forum is appealing to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to continue investigating Matawalle’s alleged mismanagement of public funds during his tenure as Governor of Zamfara State and his involvement in the famous arms deal scandal.

“As party loyalists, we want the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to investigate the matter and bring justice to those responsible for the mismanagement of public funds. This will serve as a deterrent to others considering engaging in corrupt practices in public office, especially considering what happened to the humanitarian minister.

The APC Akida Forum, as a political pressure group, commends the Federal Government for making bold decisions against corruption,” he added.

On May 18, 2023, the EFCC said that it was investigating claims of massive corruption, fraudulent contract awards, and the embezzlement of more than N70bn by Matawalle.

Meanwhile, members of the Zamfara Alternative Forum had held a similar demonstration at the EFCC offices in January, requesting the commission to reopen the inquiry of the former governor.

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