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Published On: Tue, Dec 9th, 2014

Chinese citizen petitioned over $770,000 fraud

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By Chris Alu

A Managing Director of Sanju Sunny Nigeria Limited also known as China Railway No3 Engineering Nigeria Limited, Mr. Du Sheng has been accused of swindling huge sum of money from the country through the company’s branch in Nigeria to a tune of $770,000.

The complainant, Mr. Jhang Bin, who was indicted by the management of the company by its end of year Annual Report, petitioned the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), accusing his boss of siphoning the company’s money through various means.

Mr. Jhang Bin said most of the money taken from the company was between 2010 and 2011, when he was not the managing director of the company. According to Bin, he assumed office as the managing director of the company in January 2013 and ended his tenure in April 2014.

“How could I have expended money before I became the managing director and none of the documents have my signature” Bin queried.

According to some of the documents made available to our correspondent by the complainant, read: Because of the operating needs for recent work, the related procedures of the Kaduna housing construction projects need to be examined and approved by the Ministry of Finance for getting the approval procedures as soon as possible; we gave $20,000 to Kaduna State Finance Minister as gifts.

The document further stated that “due to the requirements of operating work recently, the payment procedures of Mina highway project needed to be examined and approved by the EFCC, to obtain such approval of the procedures as soon as possible, we give the responsible EFCC person $ 60,000 and 15,500,000 Naira. Reimburse $ 6, 0000 for this sheet.

Sanju also claimed it gave cash gifts to officials of Gombe ministries of finance and works in 2011. The amounts, which ran up thousands of dollars, were for a dam project in the state.

Some of the payments were as far back as 2010. But all contracts for which the monies were released failed to materialize.

It was also discovered in the document that a fictitious state name, Rabe a state that does not exist in Nigeria, was also used. The document also reads: “Due to the requirements of operating work recently to facilitate the payment of Rabe state project, we paid N2,000,000.00 for the finance minister of the state and paid N100,000,00 for the round trip transportation of his raveling to handle payment matters to Lagos, a total of 2,100,000,00”.

All efforts to get the response of the Chinese company officials was not successful as at the time of filing the report.

When contacted, EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said it is a clear case of fraud and that the commission is doing its best to unravel some of the claims in the document.

“It is a case of a smart Chinese guy outsmarting other Chinese nationals here in Nigeria. EFCC has no business with approval of funds for any project in Nigeria. By the time we finish our investigation, we will surely make it available to the media” Uwujaren emphasized.

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