Nigerian court grants bail to Chinese accused of offering N100m bribe

The suspects and the bribe money
The suspects and the bribe money

Justice Muhammad Sifawa of the Sokoto State High Court, on Thursday, granted bail to two Chinese nationals accused of offering a N100 million bribe to the Sokoto zonal head of the EFCC, Abdulahi Lawal.

The EFCC, via a statement issued Friday night, said the judge granted the defendants bail in the sum of N5 million each with two sureties in like sum, one of whom must be resident in the state.

The surety must also deposit a certificate of occupancy of his landed property within the jurisdiction of the court, according to a release.

Justice Sifawa also ordered the defendants to submit their international passports with the chief registrar of the court. He demanded that they take an undertaking that they would not travel out of the country throughout the duration of their trial.


The EFCC, last week, had arrested Meng Kun and Xu Koi with cash it said they offered Mr Lawal in a bid to compromise ongoing investigations of a construction company, China Zhonghao Nig. Ltd.

The firm is handling contracts awarded by the Zamfara State Government between 2012 and 2019.

The contracts were for the construction of township roads in Gummi, Bukkuyun, Anka and Nasarawa towns; and 168 solar-powered boreholes in 14 local government areas of the state.

The state governor, Bello Matawalle, had since reacted to the arrest.

In a statement, he hailed the commission for exposing the “contract scammers who tried to bribe their way to prevent investigations into the multi-billion naira contract fraud in the state.”

Coronavirus factsheet


PT Mag Campaign AD

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application