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Justice Muhammad Saidu Sifawa of the Sokoto State High Court has granted bail to two Chinese, Messrs Meng Wei Kun and Xui Kuoi.

They are officials of China Zhonghao Nig. Ltd, a company under probe for an alleged contract scam of over N50billion awarded by the ex-Zamfara Governor, Abdul’aziz Yari between 2012 to 2019.

They are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for offering N100million bribe to the agency’s Sokoto Zonal Head, Abdulahi Lawal.

The judge granted the defendants bail in the sum of N5million each.

The money must be deposited with the Director Litigation, High Court of Sokoto State, with two sureties in like sum.

One must be resident in Sokoto and must deposit Certificate of Occupancy of landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.

Justice Sifawa also ordered the defendants to submit their international passports with the chief registrar of the court.

They were also told to take an undertaking that they would not travel out of the country throughout the duration of their trial.

The Chinese duo were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and offering bribe to a public servant, in line with Section 83 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law, 2019 and Punishable under Section 83 (2) of the same Law.’’

The trial will commence on June 15, 2020.


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