Zamfara State Governor Dauda Lawal has given his predecessor, Bello Matawalle, a five-day deadline to return vehicles that were reportedly taken by members of his administration. The governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, released a statement on behalf of Governor Lawal on Saturday, announcing the ultimatum.
In the statement, Governor Lawal expressed his determination to recoup stolen money and state-owned assets, describing the allegedly missing automobiles. He criticized the previous administration for diverting attention from their responsibilities and accused them of looting the state’s coffers without completing any projects for the benefit of the people of Zamfara.
The statement provided detailed information about the improper behavior of former Governor Matawalle. It revealed that Matawalle awarded contracts worth billions of Naira for the purchase of vehicles to be given to dignitaries and government departments. The listed vehicles included luxury models like Toyota Lexus, Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Prado, Peugeot, and Toyota Hilux. The statement also mentioned payments made by Matawalle for the furnishing and procurement of bulletproof jeeps and armored vehicles.
Governor Lawal’s statement highlighted the seriousness of the situation and the evidence available against Matawalle. It emphasized the need to hold Matawalle accountable for his actions. The governor demanded the return of the missing vehicles within five working days from Matawalle and his deputy.
The statement further expressed disappointment with the ineffective state of the Zamfara All Progressives Congress (APC) branch, as the government house lacked access to any of the official vehicles. This was seen as a disgrace not only to the party but to all those who defended Matawalle’s behavior.
Reports indicate that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating Matawalle for an alleged N70 billion scam. This investigation adds to the gravity of the situation, as it suggests broader financial misconduct during Matawalle’s tenure.
Governor Lawal’s ultimatum to his predecessor, Bello Matawalle, regarding the return of missing vehicles underscores the determination of the state government to address corruption and recover stolen assets. The statement provides detailed evidence of improper behavior and financial misconduct, emphasizing the need for accountability. The ongoing EFCC investigation further highlights the seriousness of the allegations against Matawalle.