Former aviation minister, Sirika, pleads not guilty to ₦2.7bn fraud charges


Hadi Sirika, a former aviation minister, has been arraigned before the Federal High Court in Abuja on allegations of corrupt practices involving approximately ₦2.7 billion.

Sirika served under the administration of former president Muhammadu Buhari.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, said it would arraign Sirika and the three others.

The charge sheet sighted by Channels Television alleged that Sirika used his position as a minister to fraudulently award contracts to his daughter, son-in-law, and associates.

In February, the EFCC arrested Sirika’s brother, Abubakar Sirika, over an alleged contract fraud in the aviation ministry.

During his tenure as minister, Sirika faced allegations, including conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of public funds, contract inflation, criminal breach of trust, and money laundering totaling N8,069,176,864.

The EFCC had revealed that the funds in dispute related to four aviation contracts awarded by the former minister to a company called Engirios Nigeria Limited, which is owned by his younger brother.
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