EFCC to arraign Sirika, daughter over ‘N2.7bn contract fraud’ today

Friday Ajagunna
Friday Ajagunna
Hadi Sirika

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will today arraign Hadi Sirika, a former aviation minister, before the federal capital territory (FCT) high court.

Sirika would be arraigned on six-count amended charges related to an alleged N2.7 billion contract fraud.

NAN reports that the former minister will be arraigned alongside Fatima, his daughter; Jalal Hamma; and Al-Duraq Investment Ltd.

The EFCC was said to have detained the former minister on April 23, as part of investigations into the financial malfeasance allegedly committed by him, including fraudulent contracts awarded by the ministry under his watch.

“The former minister (Sirika) was invited for questioning by investigators handling the alleged contract fraud under his watch in the ministry. He honoured the invitation and has been detained as I am talking with you, ” NAN quoted an EFCC source as saying.

The source also said the EFCC had been investigating the alleged contract fraud when Sirika was in office as the minister, noting that he also met with investigators at the time.

The arraignment was earlier slated to take place on Tuesday, but due to an EFCC prayer to amend the charge, a new date was given.
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