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Alleged N70bn Fraud: EFCC Yet To Declare Matawalle Wanted – Spokesman

A report by a national daily alleged that the anti-graft agency had declared the former governor wanted and requested the DSS to arrest him.


A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has debunked a report claiming that it declared former Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, wanted for alleged fraud to the tune of N70 billion.

The EFCC was reacting to a report by a national daily which alleged that the anti-graft agency had declared the former governor wanted and requested the Department of State Service (DSS) to arrest him “anywhere he is seen”.

However, in a statement by its Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, on Sunday, the commission denied the claim.

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“Without prejudice to the case involving the former governor, the report is incorrect as the Commission has yet to declare Matawalle wanted or solicit the assistance of any Agency, including the DSS, to effect his arrest,” it said.

The Commission has standard procedure for declaring persons wanted and communicating same to the public, not through faceless “security sources”.”

See the full statement below:

EFCC Statement

EFCC Has Not Declared Matawalle Wanted

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to a report, entitled, Alleged N70b Fraud: EFCC Declares Ex-Zamfara Gov, Matawalle Wanted, which appeared in the Sunday Tribune of June 18, 2023 and purports that the Commission had declared a former Zamafara State governor, Bello Matawalle wanted and requested the Department of State Service, DSS, to arrest him, “anywhere he is seen”.

Without prejudice to the case involving the former governor, the report is incorrect as the Commission has yet to declare Matawalle wanted or solicit the assistance of any Agency, including the DSS, to effect his arrest. 

The Commission has standard procedure for declaring persons wanted and communicating same to the public, not through faceless “security sources”.

Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity

18/06/2023