Court Grants Bail To Chinese Nationals Accused Of Bribing EFCC

File photo of the Chinese nationals with the bribe.

 

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).

Justice Muhammad Saidu Sifawa who is also the Chief Judge of Sokoto State granted the accused person bail on Thursday.

He said the respondents have not been able to dislodge the presumption of innocence of the accused.

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The term of the bail demands the accused to submit the sum of N5million each and two sureties in like sum, one of which must be resident in Sokoto and have a landed property that has a certificate of occupancy.

He also asked the accused persons to submit their international passport with the Chief Registrar of the court and demanded that they take an undertaking that they would not travel out of the country throughout the duration of the trial.

The suspects were arrested last week for offering the sum of N100million bribe to the Zonal Head of the anti-graft agency in Sokoto State, Mr Abdullahi Lawal.

According to the EFCC, the sum was allegedly offered in a desperate bid to compromise ongoing investigations of a construction company, China Zhonghao Nigeria Limited, which was handling contracts awarded by the Zamfara State Government in the sum of N50billion between 2012 to 2019.

The suspects are currently facing trial on counts of conspiracy and bribery.

Reps To Probe Legality Of Chinese Nationals In Nigeria For Repatriation

Some members of the House of Representatives during plenary on April 28, 2020. Photo: Twitter- @HouseNGR

 

 

Members of the House of Representatives have resolved to investigate the legality of Chinese nationals living in Nigeria for possible repatriation back to their country.

They made the resolution on Tuesday at a resumed plenary following their return from recess which lasted about five weeks as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

This followed the poor treatment of Nigerians in China, especially those living in Guangzhou city in the Asian country.

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During the plenary presided over by the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, the lawmakers considered a motion on the “Maltreatment and Institutional Acts of Racial Discrimination against Nigerians Living in China by the Government of China”.

The lawmakers mandated the House Committees on Interior, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring, as well as Commerce, to take up the assignment.

The committees were asked to investigate the Nigeria Immigration Service, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Nigerian Content and Development Monitoring Board, and any other relevant Ministry, Department or Agency (MDA), to check the validity of all immigration documents of every Chinese national in Nigeria.

The House also directed the committees to probe the expatriate quota of all the Chinese businesses in Nigeria to ascertain the number of illegal and undocumented immigrants in the country and ensure they were repatriated to China to regularise.

According to the lawmakers, this will be in collaboration with the Immigration, Nigeria Customs Service, the CAC, and relevant MDAs.

They also resolved to urge the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all relevant MDAs to ensure that all categories of Nigerians who wish to return home were evacuated from China and quarantined upon arrival.

The lawmakers urged the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and all relevant MDAs to provide necessary financial and other assistance to affected Nigerians who wish to seek redress in any local or international court for breach of fundamental rights, loss of property or any other actionable cause occasioned by their maltreatment or discrimination in China.

Similarly, they asked the Committees on Inter-Parliamentary Relations, Foreign Affairs, Human Rights and Diaspora, to ascertain the extent of violation of rights of Nigerians in China, as well as losses arising from such maltreatments.

The House asked the committees to further engage the Chinese Parliament appropriately to state Nigeria’s National Assembly condemnation of the discrimination against Nigerians and to ensure the cessation of such actions by its people and government.

The lawmakers with the various responsibilities were asked to report back within two weeks for further legislative action.

The House, however, sought the concurrence of the Senate on the motion.

The motion was sponsored by 10 lawmakers – Benjamin Kalu, Yusuf Buba, John Dyegh, Babajimi Benson, Tunji Olawuyi, Zakari Galadima, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Nnoli Nnaji, Dennis Idahosa, and Tolu Shadipe.

Police Arrest Two Chinese Nationals For Illegal Mining Activities In Zamfara

The suspects arrested by the police in Zamfara State.

 

 

Police operatives have arrested two Chinese nationals and two other locals for engaging in illegal mining activities at Kwali village in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The spokesman of the state Police Command, Mohammed Shehu said in a statement that the arrest of the suspects followed intelligence information that some foreigners in concert with other unpatriotic Nigerians engaged in illegal mining activities in Kwali.

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He said the Commissioner of Police, Usman Nagogo, acting on the strength of the information, led a Special Task Force team to Kwali mining site on Sunday to assess and see things for himself.

On getting to the site, he said two Chinese nationals were seen with all the chemicals necessary for making gold.

The police spokesman, however, said that the two Chinese nationals Mr Wang and Mr Chun are being interrogated to get more information that could help in the course of the investigation.

He also disclosed that hundreds of illegal miners ran away as they saw the police team, while two labourers among them were arrested.

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Coronavirus: Three Chinese Nationals Quarantined In Plateau

 

Three Chinese citizens have been quarantined in the Wase town of Plateau State for suspected case of the novel coronavirus.

The Commissioner for Information in Plateau, Dan Manjang, disclosed this to Channels Television on Saturday.

He revealed that the three Chinese citizens, who are workers in a mining site in Wase, flew into Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory on Wednesday.

“The situation right now is that they have been isolated,” Manjang confirmed.

He added, “The three of them came in through Abuja and once we heard that, the Commissioner for Health had to take a proactive measure to send a medical team to Wase to go and investigate.”

 

Manjang explained that they then made their way to Jos, the Plateau State capital, on Thursday.

He, however, said they were being clinically examined by a medical expert deployed by the State Ministry of Health.

According to the commissioner, there is presently no confirmed case of coronavirus in Plateau as it stands.

He was worried that the word ‘quarantine’ could be misconstrued, thereby causing panic among the people.

Manjang assured the people of the state to remain calm and go about their businesses, noting that the case was being investigated.

He said, “The problem that we have is that there is a tendency for people to think that investigation or quarantine, as the case may be, means that there is an outbreak of the virus.

“As far as Plateau case is concerned, there has been no known case of this virus on the Plateau; we just took proactive measures to make sure that we place them (the Chinese nationals) under investigation and that will take 14 days.”

The government, according to the commissioner, awaits the report of the team that was sent to Wase before taking the next step.

Police Identify 39 People Found Dead Inside Truck As Chinese Nationals

 

The 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain were Chinese nationals,  British media outlets reported on Thursday, citing sources.

The victims were discovered in a container on the back of a truck in Grays, east of London, on Wednesday, shortly after arriving by ferry from Belgium.

The local Essex Police force, which is working with immigration officials, said their initial priority was to try to identify the victims, thought to be 38 adults and one teenager.

The truck was moved Wednesday to a more secure location at the nearby Tilbury docks so the bodies could be removed.

Essex Police and the Chinese embassy in London did not respond to requests for comment.

In 2000, the bodies of 58 clandestine Chinese immigrants were discovered in a Dutch truck at the southeastern English port of Dover. Two people survived.

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Chinese Nationals Arrested For Operating Illegal E-Waste Factory In Lagos

The police in Lagos have arrested two Chinese nationals for illegally operating an e-waste factory in the residential area of Ikeja, the state capital.

The illegal electronic waste factory which is owned and operated by Lin Piehao, 22 and Li Ruoneng, 27 assembles used electronic panels and packages them for export to China, Vietnam, and Dubai.

Commander in charge of the area, Soji Akinbayo said they were hinted by residents of the community about the illegal activities within the compound.

Employees in the illegal company – majorly youths work on 12-hour daily shift and are exposed to the e-waste which according to research is injurious to human life.

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Several cartons of e-waste already packaged and billed to be exported to China and Vietnam through air cargo were recovered by the police.

“When the residents contacted us, we also contacted the Lagos State Environment Protection Agency (LASEPA) and the safety commission of Lagos State.

“We all came here together and discovered they are working on condemned phones panel and the people working with them are not protected (for the toxic waste),” Akinbayo said.

The arrested suspects in an interview told Channels Television that they arrived in Nigeria in January 2019 on a one month visa but they extended their stay to start up the illegal e-waste factory.

The illegal factory has since been sealed.

Police Rescue Five Chinese Nationals, 22 Others In Kaduna

 

Operatives of Operation ‘Puff Adder’ from the Nigeria Police Force have rescued five Chinese nationals and 22 others in Kaduna State.

The Chinese nationals were kidnapped on April 15, 2019, in Bobi area of Niger State and rescued on May 5, 2019, from a forest in Birnin Gwari, following investigative efforts by both air and ground surveillance.

The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, confirmed the rescue operation in a statement released on Thursday.

According to him, two kidnappers died from injuries sustained during the exchange of gunfire with the police in the course of the rescue mission.

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“Twenty-two (22) other kidnap victims were also rescued in Zamfara state and other parts of the country in continuation of the efforts of the Nigeria Police Force to speedily bring to an end the current internal security challenges being experienced in some parts of the country”, he said.

Mr. Mba also noted that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has rolled out new counter-kidnapping operational strategies.

The new strategies, which are purposeful and intelligence-driven are targeted at identifying, locating and dismantling kidnapping gangs across the nation and bringing the kidnappers and their collaborators to justice.

Gunmen kill 2 Chinese nationals in Borno

Gunmen in an unmarked Golf Volkswagen vehicle on Wednesday killed two Chinese nationals at a road site project in Benishiekh town in Borno state, north east Nigeria.

Benisheikh is 72 kilometres west of Maiduguri, the state capital.

Eyewitnesses said the gunmen ambushed the Chinese engineers working on the Damaturu-Maiduguri dual carriageway and bridge and went away with the SUV belonging to the Chinese engineers after killing them.

Confirming the incident, the Police Commissioner in Borno state, Yuguda Abdullahi, said no arrest had been made in connection with the incident, adding that investigations had commenced.