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EFCC Arrests Chinese Businessman Who Offered Officials N50m Bribe

The long arms of the law has caught up with two Chinese businessman, who in their attempt to cover up an alleged shaddy deal offers a N50 million bribe to some operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The two foreigners: Meng Wei Kun and Xu Koi were arrested on May 11,  2020 by the Sokoto State office of the EFCC for allegedly offering the sum as bribe to its Zonal Head, Abdullahi Lawal.

According to the report on EFCC Website 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 billion  between 2012 to 2019.

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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 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 million as bribe to “bury” the matter,” it was claimed.

It was gathered that in a grand design to trap the corrupt officials, Lawal played along, and on Monday, two representatives of the company Meng Wei Kun and Xu Kuoi offered him cash totalling N50 million in  their office along airport road, Sokoto.

The EFCC alleged that the cash was offered as a first installment.

14th April 2024
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