By Dele Oyewale
Sokoto----- The Sokoto State High Court has granted bail to two Chinese who reportedly offered N100 million bribe to the Sokoto Zonal Head of the EFCC, Abdulahi Lawal.
The court presided over by Justice Muhammad Saidu Sifawa granted bail to the two defendants whose names were given as Meng Wei Kun and Xui Kuoi in the sum of N5 million each to be deposited with the Director of Litigation, High Court of Sokoto State, with two sureties in like sum.
One of the sureties must be resident in the state and must deposit a Certificate of Occupancy of his landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.
Sifawa also ordered the defendants to submit their international passports with the chief registrar of the court and demanded alongside with an undertaking that they would not travel out of the country throughout the duration of their trial.
The duo was arraigned Friday, May 15, 2020 on a two -count charge of conspiracy and offering N100 million bribe to a public servant, contrary to Section 83 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law, 2019 and Punishable under Section 83 (2) of the same Law.’’
The prosecution alleged that the defendants attempted to bribe Lawal with N100 million, out of which a N50 million installment was delivered on Monday, May 11, 2020 on behalf of a construction company China Zhonghao Nig. Ltd which is being investigated by the EFCC over alleged contract scam worth N50 billion between 2012 and 2019.
Trial will commence on June 15, 2020.