BREAKING: EFCC Arrests Ex-Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, Over Alleged N8Billion Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

The former minister was arrested in connection with money laundering to the tune of N8,069,176,864.00.

Sirika is being grilled about alleged fraudulent contracts he authorised for a company called Engirios Nigeria Limited, which is owned by his younger sibling, Abubakar Sirika, as confirmed to The PUNCH by EFCC sources.

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In January, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, revealed that the EFCC was investigating the controversial Nigeria Air deal sealed by Sirika.

Sirika was the aviation minister under former President Muhammadu Buhari.

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The minister said, “The EFCC is investigating that deal. There is a criminal investigation going on. I have called for the report.”

The plane,  unveiled in May 2023 by former President Buhari a few days before he left office, was over 10 years old and belonged to Ethiopian Airlines.

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Plane Spotters, a platform which takes an inventory of aircraft, revealed its Mode was S Q4005C and its Serial Number was 40965/4075.

The Concerned Northern Forum had also called the “Nigeria Air” launch a half-baked project and claimed that it was driven by lies, deception and corruption amounting to billions of Naira.

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