The Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission has arrested two Chinese men for offering bribe to its top official in the state.
The Chinese men identified as Mr. Meng Wei Kun and Mr. Xu Koi, offered a sum of N100,000,000 as bribe to Mr. Abdullahi Lawal, the EFCC Sokoto Zonal Head.
EFCC in a tweet on Tuesday revealed that they were arrested on Monday.
The bribe was reported to be 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 Commission further revealed it has been 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 the construction of one hundred and sixty eight (168) solar- powered boreholes in the 14 local government areas of the state.
China Zhonghao Nig. Ltd was reported to offer of N100,000,000(One Hundred Million Naira) as bribe to Lawal to “bury” the matter.
The company is being Investigated 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.
According to EFCC, 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) was allegedly diverted and traced to some bureau-de-change operators
The commission said the suspects will soon be charged to court.