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Two Chinese Nationals Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Bribe a Senior Official in Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Agency

Meng Wei Kun and Xu Koi photographed by Nigerian authorities in front of the cash they allegedly planned to use to bribe a senior anti-corruption official. Photo via @officialEFCC.

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested two Chinese nationals, Meng Wei Kun and Xu Koi, this week for allegedly attempting to bribe the head of the EFCC’s office in the northern city of Sokoto. The two were reportedly caught in an undercover sting operation after they offered the official N50 million ($128,000) in cash in exchange for his help to thwart an ongoing investigation into a Chinese construction company, China Zhonghao Nigeria Limited.

Authorities are looking into how China Zhonghao handled N50 billion in building contracts that were awarded by the Zamfara state between 2012 and 2019.

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