Chinese nationals arrested with $250,000 bribe

Two Chinese nationals have been arrested for allegedly offering bribe to a senior official.

Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), did the arrest.

Meng Wei Kun and Xu Koi were arrested on Tuesday inside in their office in the northern city of Sokoto.

They offered a $250,000 (£203,000) bribe in local currency to one of its senior officials.

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They gave the money stacked in boxes to the official who pretended to have accepted the bribe, the commission said.

Bribe money was stacked in boxes

Furthermore, the alleged bribe was said to be an attempt to disrupt a million dollar corruption investigation involving a Chinese construction company in Nigeria; where the two suspect work.

The investigation involves about $130m (£105m) in contracts for roads and water projects.

It is also investigating money-laundering allegations.

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It was a contract between Nigeria’s Zamfara state government and China Zhonghoa Nigeria Limited between 2012 and 2019.

Neither the Chinese company nor its officials have commented on the matter.

Such corruption arrests linked to foreign companies is rare in Nigeria.

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