July 24, 2024

EFCC debunks rumour of Matawale’s arrest

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has debunked the viral rumour that the former Zamfara state Governor,  Bello Matawale,  has been arrested by the commission.

Wilson Uwujaren, the commission head of media & publicity, disclosed this on Sunday, June 18, 2023.

Debunking the arrest libel by today’s publication in the Nigerian Tribune newspaper, Uwujaren maintained that “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.”

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The statement reads, “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.”

It added that the commission has a standard procedure for declaring persons wanted and communicating the same to the public, not through faceless “security sources.”

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