The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, claims to have discovered a property where large quantities of cash were allegedly kept for money laundering. Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has offered to grant EFCC access to the property in exchange for payment of wages in cash so that it can inspect the property.
Ibrahim Dosara, the commissioner for information, said in a statement that the action was required as a result of what he called the “grandly designed connivance” of Zamfara State’s enemies to undermine the governor’s hard-earned reputation and progress. The governor has already instructed his lawyers to formally communicate his position to the commission, including requests for the retractions of false reports published by SaharaReporters against him.
“Government will not take it lightly with anyone who tries to add salt to security injury inflicted on the good people of the state, through tarnishing the good image of the governor or to be distracted from the efforts and successes being recorded in the fight against banditry in the state.”
The statement said that the governor has since the assumption of office, almost four years ago, has administered the state responsibly despite the enormous security challenges and meagre resources at the disposal of the government
It also said, the Zamfara State Government under Governor Bello Matawalle, has never paid its workers’ salaries through table payment, and cannot afford to do so at this material time when the government agreed to implement the National Minimum Wage of Thirty Thousand Naira.