Alleged N19bn Fraud: Ex Minister Of Aviation Sirika’s Absence Stalls Arraignment

Date: 15-05-2024 8:09 am (2 weeks ago) | Author: onuigbo felicia
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The arraignment of a former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, over an alleged contract fraud has been stalled.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed a fresh eight-count charge against Sirika; Ahmad Abubakar, his brother; and Enginos Nigeria Limited, a company owned by Abubakar. Sirika is alleged to have abused his office by awarding contracts worth N19.4 billion to Enginos Nigeria Limited.

The defendants were scheduled to be arraigned before a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court in Abuja yesterday. However, at the court session, the defendants were absent. EFCC counsel, Oluwaleke Atolagbe, informed the court that the defendants were yet to be served with the charge.

He, therefore, prayed for an adjournment. Presiding Judge, Suleiman Belgore, granted the adjournment request and fixed May 23 for the arraignment. Sirika is already standing trial on a six-count charge bordering on the same offences.

He was arraigned on May 9 alongside Fatima, his daughter; Jalal Hamma, his son-in-law; and Al-Duraq Investment Limited; over an alleged N2.7 billion contract fraud.

All the defendants pleaded not guilty and were also granted bail in the sum of N100 million each. Sirika was the aviation minister in the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari from 2019 to 2023.

The anti-graft agency began investigating the alleged contract fraud against Sirika while he was still in office.

He also reportedly met with investigators at the time. The EFCC had reportedly detained Sirika on April 23, pending his arraignment.

Posted: at 15-05-2024 08:09 AM (2 weeks ago) | Addicted Hero
- fineboy77 at 15-05-2024 09:12 AM (2 weeks ago)
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Enough of this nonsense where certain individuals feel and act as if they are above the law. Swoop in on that fool and bring him in !

Posted: at 15-05-2024 09:12 AM (2 weeks ago) | Addicted Hero
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- kp45 at 15-05-2024 10:47 AM (2 weeks ago)
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It's always ending in silent. Edu, Bello and lot more
Posted: at 15-05-2024 10:47 AM (2 weeks ago) | Addicted Hero
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- gogoman at 15-05-2024 02:00 PM (2 weeks ago)
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Posted: at 15-05-2024 02:00 PM (2 weeks ago) | Grande Master
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- Jiiitk4 at 15-05-2024 02:35 PM (2 weeks ago)
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Northern solidarity. That's how they aid their people to evade justice.
Posted: at 15-05-2024 02:35 PM (2 weeks ago) | Gistmaniac
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