EFCC arrests two Chinese for offering ₦100m bribe to compromise ongoing investigations into the abandonment of ₦50b road project.
The suspects, Messrs Meng Wei Kun and Xu Koi, who are top officials of China Zhonghao Nigeria Limited, were arrested on Monday, May 11, 2020, in a sting operation.
According to EFCC Spokesman, Dele Oyewale, the cash bribe was offered to compromise ongoing investigations into the abandonment of an ₦50 billion road project awarded by the Zamfara State Government between 2012 to 2019.
He added that ₦50 million bribe, which was brought to their office along Airport Road, Sokoto, was the first instalment of the ₦100 million offer. The two suspects were promptly arrested with the cash as evidence.
The EFCC is probing the execution of contracts for the construction of township roads in Gummi, Bukkuyun, Anka and Nassarawa towns of Zamfara state as well as the construction of 168 solar-powered boreholes in the 14 local government areas of the state.
The Commission said on Wednesday that:
“Investigation of the construction company was informed by intelligence 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.
“Investigations have so far revealed that China Zounghao Ltd has received payments of over ₦41 billion from the Zamfara state government, out of which about ₦16 billion equivalent to over $53 million was allegedly diverted and traced to some bureau de change operators.
“The suspects would soon be charged to court,”
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