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EFCC says some corrupt public officials move to flee Nigeria ahead of May 29

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By Samuel Bankole

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has alerted the nation of plans by some corrupt politicians and public officials to flee the country ahead of the May 29 transition to a new government.

A statement by the commission on Saturday said it was working in collaboration with its international partners to frustrate the escape plans of the corrupt public officials.

“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,” the EFCC stated in the statement.

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The Commission also drew attention to what it termed spurious allegation against the anti-graft agency Executive Chairman of the Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa by the outgoing governor of Zamfara state, Bello Muhammed Matawalle.

It said the governor made wild bribery allegations against the chairman of the commission Bawa, nothing that Matawalle recourse to “mudslinging is symptomatic of a drowning man clutching at straws.”

“The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission 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, 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 saber-rattling by spilling the beans – provide concrete evidence as proof of his allegations.

“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,” EFCC stated.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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