The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) announced yesterday that it had discovered intentions for some politically exposed persons (PEPs) to depart the nation after their term ends on May 29.
Governors, ministers, and political appointees are among the PEPs under scrutiny.
The commission again chastised Governor Bello Muhammed Matawalle for allegedly demanding a $2 million bribe from its Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa.
The accusation was labeled as a fake and outlandish.
The EFCC asked its overseas allies to thwart the flight of the PEPs in a statement issued by its Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren.
The statement said:
“Again, the commission wishes to alert the public about plans by some of the alleged corrupt politically exposed persons to flee the country ahead of May 29.“
The commission is working in close collaboration with its international partners to frustrate these escape plans and bring those involved to justice.”
On alleged demand of $2m, EFCC said it will “not bandy words with suspect (Matawalle)”.
The statement added:
“The attention of the EFCC has been drawn to a trending interview granted to the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, by Bello Muhammed Matawalle, governor of Zamfara State, where he allegedly made wild bribery allegations against the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa
“Matawalle’s recourse to mudslinging is symptomatic of a drowning man clutching at straws.
“But despite the irritation of his phantom claims, the commission will not be drawn into a mud fight with a suspect under its investigation for corruption and unconscionable pillage of the resources of his state.
“If Matawalle will be taken seriously, he should go beyond sabre-rattling by spilling the beans – provide concrete evidence as proof of his allegations.”