The Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested two Chinese, Meng Wei Kun and Mr. Xu Koi for offering a sum of N50 Million as bribe to its Zonal Head, Abdullahi Lawal.
A statement from EFCC said that the suspects were arrested yesterday May 11 in Sokoto.
It said that the bribe was 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 and 2019.
The statement said that 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 N100,000,000( One Hundred Million Naira) 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 totalling fifty million naira in their office along airport road, Sokoto. The cash was offered as a first installment.”