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EFCC grills ex-Aviation Minister Sirika over alleged N8 bln Nigeria Air fraud

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Former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, faced questioning by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday regarding an alleged N8 billion fraud linked to the Nigeria Air project.

The ex-minister appeared at the EFCC Headquarters in Abuja in response to an invitation by the agency earlier.

EFCC Chairman Ola Olukoyede confirmed ongoing investigations into the Aviation and Humanitarian Affairs ministries, emphasizing that the probe extends beyond Sirika and Betta Edu, covering various aspects of both ministries.

“It is the system I am investigating, and whoever is now found culpable along the line, those are the names you will hear,” Olukoyede stated.

The investigation stems from allegations of conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of public funds, contract inflation, criminal breach of trust, and money laundering totaling N8,069,176,864.

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The EFCC alleges that Sirika awarded four aviation contracts to Engirios Nigeria Limited, a company owned by his younger brother, Abubakar Sirika, who serves as the sole signatory to the company’s bank accounts.

Among the contracts awarded were projects for the construction of a Terminal Building in Katsina Airport, the establishment of a Fire Truck Maintenance and Refurbishment Centre, procurement and installation of equipment in Aviation House, Abuja, and procurement of aircraft and a simulator for the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria.

However, sources within the EFCC claim that there is no evidence of work done on any of the contract items despite payments totaling N3.2 billion to Engirios Nigeria Limited.

This development marks the latest in a series of investigations into alleged financial improprieties within the aviation sector, underscoring the EFCC’s current leadership commitment to combating corruption and ensuring accountability in public office.

As the probe unfolds, stakeholders await further developments and anticipate transparency in the pursuit of justice.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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