How two Chinese language tried to bribe me with N50m – EFCC legitimate, Lawal

Sokoto Zonal Head of Operations of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, (EFCC), Abdullahi Lawal, has published how two Chinese language voters, Meng Wei Kun and Xu Kuai presented him N50 million bribe on behalf of a development corporate China Zhonghao Nigeria. Ltd.

He testified on Wednesday earlier than Justice Muhammad Sa’idu Sifawa on the Sokoto State Prime Court docket, sitting in Sokoto

The company is being investigated over contracts it was once awarded by means of the Zamfara State Executive to the track of N60 billion between 2012 and 2019.

The bribe was once allegedly presented to compromise an ongoing investigation by means of the EFCC.

Lawal, whilst being led in proof by means of the EFCC recommend, S. H Sa’advert, recalled that on Might eight in his at No. 7 Tremendous Quarters, off Sama Street, Sokoto, the first defendant, Mr Meng Wei Kum referred to as him.

“He mentioned he was once in Sokoto for the aim of arranging N100 million for me, and the whole lot will likely be able by means of Monday, being Might 11, 2020. Immediately, I referred to as the EFCC Ag. Govt Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu and advised him about what was once going down, and that I will be able to arrest the first defendant on the time of handing over the cash. He gave me the approval.

“On Monday, at about 3pm, the first defendant referred to as and knowledgeable me that the cash was once able and that he was once most effective in a position to lift N50 million because of the lockdown and {that a} steadiness of N50 million will likely be given at a later date. I mentioned ok, no drawback.

“He knowledgeable me that I will have to come for the cash within the evening at their place of job close to Sokoto State College, alongside airport highway, Kasarawa Village. I mentioned I didn’t know the place of job. The first defendant mentioned he’ll watch for me at Sokoto State College gate. After the dialogue, I organized a bunch of operatives and stored them on standby.

“Round 9pm, he despatched me a textual content message that they have been already there. As a way to take a look at how severe he was once, I despatched him a textual content message that he will have to depart it till the next day. He spoke back that I will have to come for the reason that cash was once with them in money they usually didn’t need the cash to sleep with them in a single day for safety causes.

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“He mentioned that they have been already on the college gate. I mentioned ok, I will be able to get again to them. I referred to as the officials that I organized for the operation to return and meet me. They got here in two cars and met me alongside Airport Street. I advised them I will be able to first pass, and after 15-20 mins, they will have to come and meet me at their place of job the place the cash will likely be given.

“Upon our arrival on the place of job premises, Mr Meng (the first defendant) requested me to pack at the back of a truck that was once on the entrance of a development. Meng mentioned the truck was once packed in order that the folk within the different development would now not see what was once going down. He introduced out keys and opened the door and 3 folks, together with the 2d defendant entered right into a parlour and I used to be given a seat and all of us sat down and I used to be even presented water.

“Mr Meng welcomed me and presented Mr. Xu Kuai, the 2d defendant and requested me after they have been going to get a clearance? I requested him which clearance? He spoke back with a clearance certificates appearing that they’d been cleared by means of the EFCC. I advised him you haven’t completed the activity and also you have been soliciting for a clearance. He mentioned they are going to do the activity. He now mentioned I will have to come and spot the cash.

“As we entered, I noticed cartons of Sona bottled water stuffed with money in Naira. The first defendant mentioned, “Alhaji that is your cash” I requested how a lot, “He mentioned its N50 million” I mentioned carry it out and I noticed that there are seven cartons. They introduced it out to the parlour and with a purpose to acquire time for the arriving of my males, I mentioned the cash will have to be counted to substantiate it.

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“I advised them to carry out all of the cash and depend it out. The cash was once counted, it was once N50 million after which, we returned it throughout the cartons and sellotaped and sealed by means of the 2d defendant. Additionally they presented to transport the cartons into my automotive. I agreed however seeing that my males had now not nonetheless arrived, I determined to sit down them down and talk about.

“I requested them after they would give me the steadiness, how lengthy would it not take? Mr Meng mentioned very quickly however after the lockdown as a result of there are shortages of money. He once more requested in regards to the clearance. I advised him to prepare for the steadiness first. At that level, we heard a knock at the door. The first defendant rushed to the door and I adopted him and requested who was once knocking at the door.

“Mr Meng attempted to fasten the door, however I driven him and opened the door. My males got here in and arrested the 2 of them and searched all of the rooms and the premises and counted the cash below video protection. All over the hunt, 3 laptops and paperwork have been recovered. The entirety was once documented.

“We now went with the 2 defendants, N50 million and the opposite pieces recovered throughout the hunt and in addition a black jeep. The N50 million was once packed in two denominations of N500 Naira word of N10 million and N1000 naira word of N40 million organized in seven cartoons of Sona desk.”

They have been known and tendered by means of the prosecution thru Lawal (PW2).

The court cases weren’t adversarial by means of the defence recommend, A. T Hassan.

The cash was once tendered and admitted as reveals by means of the courtroom.

Justice Sifawa adjourned the case to August, 10, 11 and 12, 2020 for the continuation of trial.

He ordered that the cash be stored within the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN) Sokoto for safekeeping.

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