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EFCC: Two Chinese deliver N50m bribe in Sona Water cartons - ITREALMS

The Sokoto Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has taken delivery of some seven cartons of Sona Table Water loaded of N50m part-payment bribe for its officials by two Chinese, reports ITREALMS.

The two Chinese men, ITREALMS gathered were identified as Messrs Meng Wei Kun and Xu Koi have been held by anti-graft agents for this special delivery being part payment of N100million bribe offered to the Zonal Head in Sokoto, Mr. Abdullahi Lawal.

ITREALMS also gathered from EFCC that the suspects were arrested in Sokoto on Monday, May 11, this year and would be charged to court in the coming days.

EFCC made this disclosure through its Twitter handle monitored by ITREALMS, alleged that the Chinese nationals offered the bribe in a bid to compromise ongoing investigations of a construction company, China Zhonghao Nigeria Ltd, which is handling contracts awarded by the Zamfara State Government to the tune of N50 billion between 2012 to 2019.

EFCC in a press statement also said, “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 N100million as bribe to “bury” the matter.

“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 totaling 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,” EFCC said.

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