The two Chinese nationals who allegedly offered N100 million as a bribe to top officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have pleaded not guilty to the charge set against them.
They made the plea during their arraignment before the Sokoto High Court Friday.
The two Chinese nationals, Meng Wei Kun and Xu Kuoi were on Friday for docked for criminal conspiracy and offering gratification to public servants.
After their plea, Justice Muhammad Sifawa adjourned the case till June, 15 for the commencement of the hearing.
The Justice however directed that the accused be remanded in EFCC custody pending the hearing and determination of their bail application May 18.
Thestreetjournal had earlier reported that the Sokoto zonal office of the EFCC had exposed the bribe of N50 million as an initial deposit of the N100million offered to its officials as gratification by a Chinese Construction company allegedly involved in money laundering.
The contracts given to the Chinese company is worth over N55 billion by Zamfara state government, between 2012 and 2019.
The zonal head of Sokoto EFCC agency, Abdullahi Lawal revealed that Kun, who is the Managing Director, China Zhounghao Nigeria Limited contacted him in respect of an ongoing investigation against their company, to offer him and members of his team the sum of N100 million to scuttle their investigation.
“However, after a series of discussions on May 11, it was agreed that I should come to collect half of the money.
“At about 22:30hrs of the same day Wei Kun called for the collection of the money at their office/residence, along Airport road, Kasarawa village, Sokoto.
“However, in the process, Mr. Meng Wei Kun and Mr. Xu Kuoi were arrested and the sum of N50 million, three laptops, 5 smartphones and some relevant documents were recovered,” Lawal narrated.