Protesters Storm EFCC, Demand Probe, Arrest Of Ex-Zamfara Gov Matawalle

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Dozens of Zamfara residents, on Monday, staged a protest at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja, accusing the agency of being complicit in the handling of the alleged N70 billion corruption case of former state governor, Bello Matawalle.

The protesters, who held placards with inscriptions such as “Is Matawale above the law?” asked that the EFCC re-open its corruption probe against the former governor.Nasiru Doka, the protesters’ leader stated that the citizens of the state are currently being hurt by Mr Matawalle’s past corruption.

We the voice of the voiceless call on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the former governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mohammed Matawale, for the alleged misappropriation of public funds,” Mr Doka said while reading out the protest letter they submitted to the EFCC.

“This call comes amid growing concerns about corruption in Nigeria and the need for accountability in public offices.“Bello Mohammed Matawale was the governor of Zamfara State from 2019 to 2023. During his tenure, there were allegations of mismanagement of public funds and resources.

“We urge The EFCC to investigate the matter and bring those responsible for the mismanagement of public funds to justice,” he added.The Gazette reported in May how the EFCC revealed it was investigating Mr Matawalle over the theft of more than N70 billion.

EFCC explained that Mr Matawale was yet to be arrested and prosecuted for his alleged criminal acts because he enjoys immunity from prosecution as a state chief executive.

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