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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Two Chinese arrested by EFCC for offering N100m bribe to its top Officer

Nigeria's leading Anti-Graft Agency,  the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, who is charged with the responsibility of Investigation and Enforcement of all Economic and Financial Crimes Laws in Nigeria has arrested two Chinese.

The two Chinese national, Mr. Meng Wei Kun and Mr. Xu Koi were arrested by the Sokoto Zonal Office of the Commission, for offering a sum of N50,000,000 as bribe to its Zonal Head, Mr. Abdullahi Lawal. 

The N50,000,000 bribe was offered as first installment after official of the commission played along with the culprits.

According to the Anti-Graft Agency, "the bribe was allegedly offered in a desperate bid to compromise ongoing investigations of a construction company, China Zhonghao Nig. Ltd, handling contracts awarded by the Zamfara State Government in the sum of N50,000,000,000.00(Fifty Billion Naira) between 2012 to 2019".

"The zonal office of the Commission is investigating the construction company, in connection with the execution of contracts for the construction of township roads in Gummi, Bukkuyun, Anka and Nassarawa towns of Zamfara state;  and also the construction of one hundred and sixty eight (168) solar- powered boreholes in the 14 local government areas of the state".

"Alarmed by the consistency and professionalism of investigation being conducted, the company reached out to  Lawal with an offer of  N100,000,000( One Hundred Million Naira)  as bribe to “bury” the matter".  

"In a grand design to trap the corrupt officials, Lawal played along.
On Monday, two representatives of the company Meng Wei Kun and Xu Kuoi offered him  cash totalling fifty million naira in  their office along airport road, Sokoto. The cash was offered as a first installment".

"The suspects were promptly arrested with the cash as an evidence".

"Investigation of the construction  company was informed by an intelligence on alleged conspiracy;  misappropriation of public funds;  embezzlement; official corruption; abuse of office, stealing and money laundering obtained against the Zamfara state government through inflated and uncompleted  contracts awarded to the company". 

"Investigations have so far revealed that China Zounghao Ltd has received payments of over N41,000,000,000.00 (Forty One Billion Naira) from the Zamfara state government out of which about N16,000,000,000.00 (Sixteen Billion Naira) equivalent to over $53,000,000.00(Fifty Three Million US Dollars) was allegedly diverted and traced to some bureau de change operators".

The Commission added that, the suspects would soon be charged to court.

This was disclosed via the official Twitter handle of the commission.

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