Governor of Zamfara state Bello Muhammad Matawalle has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe officers in the presidency as well as members of the Federal Executive Council.
Matawalle who stated this via a statement on the background of the plan by the EFCC to investigate the outgoing Governors said including this category of people will probe that the EFCC is serious about its plan.
“I demand that the EFCC chair extend similar invitations to officers of the Presidency and members of the Federal Executive Council, which is the highest tier of government in the country,” he wrote.
Matawalle in the statement also accused Bawa of corrupt practices saying he has overwhelming evidence against him.
“He needs to explain, among others, how seized assets by the EFCC are being sold without adherence to due process,” he said.
Part of his statement reads: My attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Malam Abdulrasheed Bawa, in which he claimed he has 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.
“While this is appropriate and commendable because it’s important for political office holders to account for their actions in office and EFCC is imbued with the power of investigation; however, this power must be exercised judiciously”.
“The investigation must be holistic and not selective. It is in this respect that the recent invitations and pronouncement by the EFCC Chair is imbalance, incomplete, hypocritical and unnecessarily skewed”.