The PEPs include governors, ministers and political appointees under watch.

The commission again faulted Governor Bello Muhammed Matawalle over alleged $2 million bribe demand linked to its Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa.

It described the allegation as a hoax and wild.

In a statement issued by its Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC asked its international partners to frustrate the escape of the PEPs.

The statement said:
“Again, the commission wishes to alert the public about plans by some of the alleged corrupt politically exposed persons to flee the country ahead of May 29.

“The commission is working in close collaboration with its international partners to frustrate these escape plans and bring those involved to justice.”

On alleged demand of $2m, EFCC said it will “not bandy words with suspect (Matawalle)”.

The statement added:
“The attention of the EFCC has been drawn to a trending interview granted to the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, by Bello Muhammed Matawalle, governor of Zamfara State, where he allegedly made wild bribery allegations against the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa

“Matawalle’s recourse to mudslinging is symptomatic of a drowning man clutching at straws.

“But despite the irritation of his phantom claims, the commission will not be drawn into a mud fight with a suspect under its investigation for corruption and unconscionable pillage of the resources of his state.

“If Matawalle will be taken seriously, he should go beyond sabre-rattling by spilling the beans – provide concrete evidence as proof of his allegations.”

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