Protesters Demand EFCC to Reopen Investigation into Ex-Zamfara Governor Bello Matawalle

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Protesters gathered at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja on Friday, urging the commission to resume investigations into the actions of former Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.

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The Director of Public Affairs for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, received a protest letter on behalf of the Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, and assured the demonstrators that the commission is committed to pursuing corruption cases to a logical conclusion.

This call for reinvestigation comes after a Federal High Court in Sokoto dismissed a suit filed by Matawalle over the ownership of official vehicles he took upon leaving office in May last year. In June 2023, the police raided Matawalle’s residences and seized the vehicles as ordered by the court.

According to a statement by Governor Dauda Lawal’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, the Federal High Court rejected Matawalle’s claims to the official vehicles, which were allegedly taken by him and his cabinet members, leaving the current administration without any state-owned vehicles.

The statement outlined the state government’s efforts to recover the vehicles, including legal action and police intervention. Despite legal proceedings initiated by Matawalle to reclaim the vehicles, the Federal High Court in Sokoto dismissed the case, affirming the vehicles’ ownership as belonging to the Zamfara State government.

In response to the court’s decision, the Zamfara State government reaffirmed its commitment to recovering all assets rightfully belonging to the people and ensuring that justice prevails in cases of financial mismanagement. The judgment by the Federal High Court serves as encouragement for the government’s efforts to hold perpetrators of financial wrongdoing accountable.

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