BREAKING: Protest Hits EFCC HQ Over Probe of Alleged N70bn Fraud Levelled Against Tinubu's Minister

BREAKING: Protest Hits EFCC HQ Over Probe of Alleged N70bn Fraud Levelled Against Tinubu's Minister

  • Members of the APC loyalists forum protested at the headquarters of the EFCC on Friday, May 3
  • The protesters asked the Ola Olukoyede-led agency to reopen a funds diversion case against Bello Matawalle, the current minister of state for defence
  • reports that pictures and a video of the dissatisfied APC supporters surfaced on the internet journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering governance in Nigeria.

FCT, Abuja - Some protesters from Zamfara state have called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to reopen investigations on Nigeria's minister of state for defence, Bello Matawalle.

As reported by The Nation on Friday, May 3, the demonstrators, under the auspices of the All Progressives Congress (APC) loyalists forum, occupied the entrance to the headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.

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Protesters storm EFCC Abuja office, demand reopening of Bello Matawalle’s case
Protesters storm EFCC office over Matawalle’s case. Photo credits: @Waspapping_, @Bellomatawalle1
Source: Twitter

They urged the EFCC to investigate all petitions against the former Zamfara governor, including the alleged contract diversion up to the tune of N70 billion during his time as the No.1 citizen of the state.

Channels Television also noted the development.

Matawalle: EFCC receives protesters' letter

Meanwhile, Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC's director of public affairs, received a protest letter on behalf of the chairman of the anti-graft agency, Olukoyede.

Uwujaren assured the protesters that the commission is determined to pursue every alleged corruption case to a logical conclusion.

See some photos and video from the protest below:

It would be recalled that in May 2023, the EFCC disclosed that Matawalle is being investigated over the alleged diversion of N70 billion from the Zamfara state treasury.

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The EFCC alleged that Matawalle diverted the money through proxies and contractors.

In January 2024, the EFCC said the minister's case would be reviewed. However, no significant update has been provided by the EFCC since then.

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Bawa demanded bribe from me, Matawalle

Meanwhile, Matawalle fumed at the EFCC's allegation.

According to him, the EFCC boss at the time, Abdulrasheed Bawa, demanded a $2 million bribe.

The APC chieftain and ally of President Bola Tinubu stated that Bawa had questions to answer on alleged corruption.


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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at

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