- The EFCC has arrested two Chinese men for offering one of its officers N100million bribe
- The suspects were arrested on Monday, May 11 in Sokoto state by the anti-graft commission
- The bribe was allegedly offered in a bid to compromise ongoing investigations of a construction company owned by the Chinese men
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The Sokoto zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested two Chinese: Mr Meng Wei Kun and Mr Xu Koi for offering a sum of N50million as a bribe to its zonal head, Mr Abdullahi Lawal.
The suspects were arrested on Monday, May 11 in Sokoto state by the anti-graft commission.
The bribe was allegedly offered in a bid to compromise ongoing investigations of a construction company, China Zhonghao Nigeria Limited.
The firm is said to be handling contracts awarded by the Zamfara state government in the sum of N50billion between 2012 to 2019.
The EFCC 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.
The company is also under investigation for 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 N100million as a bribe to “bury” the matter.
On Monday, two representatives of the company Meng Wei Kun and Xu Kuoi offered him cash totalling N50million in their office along airport road, Sokoto. The cash was offered as a first instalment.
The suspects were promptly arrested with the cash as a piece of evidence.
The EFCC said the suspects would soon be charged to court.
In a related development, the EFCC on Monday, May 11, secured the final forfeiture of $300,000, belonging to a Chinese national, Li Yan Pin, to the federal government.
Justice Babatunde Quadri of Federal High Court, Abuja, had earlier ordered the interim forfeiture of the money following an exparte application filed by the anti-graft agency.
Yan Pin stood trial for a money laundering charge, levelled against him by the EFCC over the said sum.
Intelligence report led to Pin's arrest at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after he failed to declare the money in his possession, as he attempted to board a flight to China en-route Dubai.
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