Sokoto High Court Grants Bail To Chinese Nationals Accused Of Bribing EFCC

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A High Court in Sokoto State has granted bail to two Chinese citizens accused of bribing an official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The suspects who were arrested on Monday, May 11 after paying N100 million bribe to an EFCC officer were granted bail on Thursday by the Chief Judge of Sokoto State, Justice Muhammad Saidu Sifawa.

While delivering judgement, Justice Sifawa who granted the accused person bail said that the respondents have not been able to dislodge the presumption of innocence of the accused.

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Justice Sifawa ordered the accused to submit a sum of N5million 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 presiding judge also ordered the accused persons to submit their international passport with the Chief Registrar of the court while demanding them to undertake that they would not travel out of the country throughout the duration of the trial.

The pair, Mr Meng Wei Kun and Mr Xu Koi, were arrested by the Sokoto zonal office of the commission, whose head, Mr Abdullahi Lawal, was offered the N50 million bribe with a promise to balance him another N50 million.

A statement by Dele Oyewale, Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, on Tuesday said the suspects were arrested on Monday, May 11, 2020 in Sokoto.

 

Yetunde Adegoke

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