Chi­nese dupes Cross River govt

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

De­tec­tives from Zone 6 com­mand of the Nige­rian Po­lice in Cal­abar are now on the trail of a Chi­nese na­tional, Mr. Xiao Bo, who al­legedly de­frauded the Cross River State govern­ment of huge sums of money.

Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer of the com­mand, Ta­siu Ibrahim, said the mat­ter is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated and that they are search­ing for the sus­pect, al­though he is said to have fled the coun­try.

The Chi­nese was al­leged to have swin­dled the state govern­ment of over N3.8 mil­lion, be­ing pro­ceeds from Road In­fra­struc­ture Main­te­nance, a unit un­der his com­pany, Both­ers’ Quarry Ltd in Akamkpa Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state.

Bo al­legedly di­verted the money into his pri­vate ac­count in­stead of pay­ing same into the govern­ment ac­count.

But, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Broth­ers Quarry, who gave his name sim­ply as Mr. Young, de­nied the al­le­ga­tion, said his com­pany has paid up the money and that Mr Bo has re­turned to China.

He said: “We do not owe the govern­ment. Mr. Bo was my in­ter­preter and he has gone back to China. I can­not get in touch with him and my com­pany has paid the govern­ment.”

Fol­low­ing the al­leged fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties of Mr. Bo, the act­ing chair­man, Cross River State In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice, Dr. Peter Oti, said his of­fice lodged a for­mal com­plaint at the Zone 6 Po­lice Com­mand.

Though he hinted that Messrs Broth­ers Com­pany paid back the di­verted funds, he urged the com­pany to fetch Mr. Bo and hand him over to the po­lice to an­swer to the al­le­ga­tions of fraud/di­ver­sion of govern­ment funds lev­elled against him.

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