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N50m bribe: Court adjourns EFCC suit against Chinese businessmen

The Sokoto State Zonal Head of Operations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , Abdullahi Lawal , at the resumed hearing on a case of bribery against two Chinese, Meng Wei Kun and Xu Kuai, narrated how he coordinated the sting operation , leading to the arrest of the suspects , who offered him a bribe of N50 million naira .
The bribe according to him , was allegedly offered by the duo on behalf of China Zhounghao Nigeria Limited , a construction company, to compromise investigation by the EFCC over contracts it was awarded by the Zamfara State Government , in the sum of over N 60 , 000 ,000 , 000 .00 between 2012 and 2019 .
Lawal , the 2 nd prosecution witness in the matter , was led in evidence by the EFCC counsel , S.H Sa ’ ad, at the Sokoto High Court , presided over by Justice Muhammad Sifawa
The EFCC boss told the court , “ On May 8 , 2020 , while in my office at No . 7 Super Quarters, off Sama Road , Sokoto, the 1st defendant , Mr Meng Wei Kum called me and informed me that he was in Sokoto for the purpose of arranging N 100 million for me , and everything will be ready by Monday , being May 11 , 2020 .
“On Monday , at about 3 pm , the 1st defendant called and informed me that the money was ready and that he was only able to raise N50 million due to the lockdown and that a balance of N 50 million will be given at a later date . I said okay , no problem . He now informed me that I should come for the money in the night, at their office near Sokoto State University , along airport road , Kasarawa Village. I said I didn ’t know the office . The 1st defendant said he will wait for me at Sokoto State University gate . Immediately after the discussion , I arranged a group of operatives and kept them on standby .
“Around 9pm , he sent me a text message that they were already there . In order to test how serious he was, I sent him a text message that he should leave it until tomorrow . He replied that I should come that the money was with them in cash and they didn ’t want the money to sleep with them overnight for security reasons .
“I called the officers that I arranged for the operation to come and meet me . They came in two vehicles and met me along Airport Road . I told them I will first go, and after 15 – 20 minutes , they should come and meet me at their office where the money will be given.”
He further told the court how his team arrested the duo with the funds .
At the hearing , the defence counsel , A. T Hassan , however , did not oppose the proceedings. All the exhibits tendered by the prosecution through Lawal ( PW 2) , were admitted by the court.
While ruling that the money be kept in the Central Bank of Nigeria , Sokoto for safekeeping, Justice Sifawa adjourned continuation of trial on the case to August 10 , 11 and 12 , 2020.

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