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Chinese Citizens Accused Of Bribing EFCC Officials Get Bail

A Sokoto State High Court sitting in Sokoto has granted bail to two Chinese citizens accused of giving a N100 million bribe to an official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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Justice Muhammad Saidu Sifawa, who is also the Chief Judge of Sokoto State, granted the accused, Meng Wei Kun and Xu Kuoi of China Zhounghao Nigeria Limited, bail on Thursday.

Justice Sifawa said the accused, currently facing trial on counts of conspiracy and bribery, still enjoy the presumption of innocence under the law.

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Ruling on the bail application, the presiding judge ruled that the accused submit the sum of N5 million each and two surety in like sum, one of which must be resident in Sokoto and have a landed property that has a certificate of occupancy.

The judge also asked the accused persons to submit their international passport with the Chief Registrar of the court and demanded that they take an undertaking that they would not travel out of the country throughout the duration of the trial.

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The suspects were arrested last week for offering the sum of N100 million as a bribe to Abdullahi Lawal, the Zonal Head of the EFCC in Sokoto State.

According to the EFCC, the sum was allegedly offered by the accused in a desperate bid to compromise ongoing investigations of a construction company, China Zhonghao Nigeria Limited, which was handling contracts awarded by the Zamfara State Government in the sum of N50billion between 2012 to 2019.

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