Tue. May 28th, 2024

By Ojukwu Emmanuel Chiadikaobi


Former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, along with his daughter, Fatimah, and two others are set to face charges of alleged N2.7 billion fraud related to the failed Nigerian Air project. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is slated to arraign them before Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja.

According to court documents, Sirika, along with the other defendants, is accused of various offenses, including abusing his office by awarding a N1.3 billion consultancy contract for the Nigerian Air Start-up to Tianero Nigeria Limited. The EFCC alleges that Sirika improperly influenced the awarding of contracts to entities connected to his family members, such as Al Buraq Global Investment Limited, which is linked to his daughter and son-in-law.

The charges against Sirika include conferring undue advantage on certain entities, criminal breach of trust, and violating the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000. These alleged actions took place between April 2022 and March 2023 in Abuja.

In late April, Sirika was detained by the EFCC and questioned for several days in connection with the investigation. The case underscores the ongoing efforts to combat corruption within Nigeria’s government and highlights the accountability demanded of public officials.

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