The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two Chinese nationals, who offered a N100 million bribe to a team investigating their company.
Abdullahi Lawal, head of the anti-graft agency’s Sokoto zonal office, said Meng Wei Kun and Xu Kuoi of China Zhounghao Nigeria Limited, a construction company, tried to bribe him and his team, to stop an investigation into the company’s operations.
The suspects were arrested on May 11, 2020, in Sokoto.
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According to the EFCC, the bribe was allegedly offered in a desperate bid to compromise ongoing investigations of the construction company; China Zhonghao Nigeria Ltd, handling contracts awarded by the Zamfara State government amounting to N50 billion, 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, and also the construction of 168 solar-powered boreholes in the 14 Local Government Areas of the state.
Concerned 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.
Lawal, in a grand design to trap the officials, played along, and on Monday, two representatives of the Chinese company, offered him N50 million cash as first installment in EFCC’s office located along airport road, Sokoto.