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Former aviation minister Hadi Sirika faces alleged N2.7bn fraud charges in Abuja court

Sirika and three others set to be arraigned for corruption related to the failed Nigerian Air project; EFCC intensifies anti-graft efforts.

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Barring any unforeseen developments, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is poised to arraign former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, before Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja today. Sirika, along with his daughter Fatimah and two others, faces charges related to an alleged N2.7bn fraud linked to the botched Nigerian Air project.

According to court documents seen by our correspondent, Sirika and his co-defendants are accused of various offenses, including conferring undue advantages and criminal breach of trust. The charges allege that Sirika abused his office by awarding lucrative contracts and influencing the procurement process to benefit certain entities.

Among the allegations, Sirika stands accused of awarding a N1.3bn consultancy contract for the Nigerian Air Start-up to Tianero Nigeria Limited, a move deemed contrary to anti-corruption laws. Additionally, the EFCC asserts that Sirika used his position to favor Al Buraq Global Investment Limited, a company linked to his daughter and son-in-law, in securing a contract worth N1.498bn for Apron Extension at Katsina Airport.

These charges underscore the EFCC’s ongoing efforts to combat corruption and hold public officials accountable for their actions. Sirika’s detention and subsequent interrogation by the anti-graft agency in April signal a renewed crackdown on financial misconduct within Nigeria’s corridors of power.

As Sirika and his co-accused prepare to appear in court, the proceedings will likely attract significant attention, casting a spotlight on the fight against corruption in Nigeria’s political landscape.

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