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Former Aviation Minister Sirika Arrested Over Alleged N8bn Nigeria Air Fraud: EFCC Probe

Boom RadioNG | April 23, 2024
Hadi Sirika, former Aviation Minister

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has made a significant arrest, apprehending former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, in connection with an ongoing N8,069,176,864.00 money laundering probe. The arrest took place at the EFCC’s Federal Capital Territory Command, where Sirika is currently meeting with investigators to address allegations of fraudulent contracts awarded to a company owned by his younger sibling, Abubakar Sirika.

The investigation focuses on conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of public funds, contract inflation, criminal breaches of trust, and money laundering during Sirika’s tenure in office. The contracts in question, totaling N8,069,176,864.00, were awarded to Engirios Nigeria Limited, owned by his brother Abubakar, who is a civil servant. The EFCC has also detained Abubakar Sirika, who is providing valuable information regarding the financial activities of the Aviation Ministry during his brother’s tenure.

Hadi Sirika, former Aviation Minister

Hadi Sirika, former Aviation Minister

The former minister is under scrutiny for allegedly awarding contracts to his brother’s company without evidence of the work being carried out. The EFCC’s investigation has revealed a complex web of financial transactions involving substantial sums and multiple entities.

This development marks a significant turn in the ongoing probe, shedding light on potential financial irregularities within the Aviation Ministry during Hadi Sirika’s leadership.

Written by Boom RadioNG

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