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Two Chinese nationals involved in N50bn contract scandal tricked into EFCC net

 

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 allegedly offering a sum of N50, 000,000( Fifty Million Naira only) as bribe to its Zonal Head, Mr. Abdullahi Lawal.

The suspects were arrested on Monday, May 11, 2020 in Sokoto in the process of dropping the N50m as a part payment for a N100m bribe.

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, 000,000,000.00(Fifty Billion Naira) 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 state; also, the construction of one hundred and sixty eight (168) solarpowered boreholes in the 14 local government areas of the state.

Seeing the investigation was closing in on suspects, 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.

The suspects were subsequently rounded up and taken in for questioning.

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Written by Mateen Badru

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