The governor of Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle, has alleged that the chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, begged him for $2million.
On Wednesday, Matawalle asked Bawa to ensure that the EFCC’s probe didn’t only target outgoing governors, but also presidency officials.
Reacting to Matawalle’s comments, the EFCC insisted that it was probing the governor for allegedly diverting N70billion meant for contracts in the state.
But speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa on Friday, Matawalle claimed he is being investigated because he “didn’t offer the EFCC chairperson the money he requested from him”.
He said: “I am not resisting being probed. I’m still the governor and have immunity, no one has invited me.
“The EFCC said they were investigating me? It was when I spoke that they made allegations against me.
“He (Bawa) knows what he begged me to give him which I didn’t.
“The allegations against me are lies. He begged me to give him two million dollars. There is a house where I met him and he knows it, where he told me that he wants to see me.”