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Sirika, brother plead not guilty to N19.4bn fraud charges

Former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and his brother, Ahmad Sirika, have pleaded not guilty to allegations of contract fraud worth N19.4 billion.


The case revolves around the period when Hadi Sirika served as the Minister of Aviation in Nigeria. During his tenure, he was responsible for overseeing the aviation sector, which included awarding contracts for various projects and developments aimed at improving the country’s aviation infrastructure.


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arraigned Hadi Sirika, his brother Ahmad Sirika, and Enginos Nigeria Limited, a company owned by Abubakar, on an amended 10 count.


The charges border on abuse of office, with Sirika accused of awarding contracts to his brother’s company, Enginos Nigeria Limited, during his time in office.


The EFCC’s allegations suggest that Hadi Sirika may have used his position to favor his brother’s company in the awarding of lucrative contracts, thereby violating ethical and legal standards expected of public office holders.


Despite these serious accusations, both Hadi Sirika and Ahmad Sirika have denied any wrongdoing.


Sirika is accused of abusing his office by awarding contracts to his brother’s company, Enginos Nigeria Limited.


As the case unfolds, further details are expected to emerge, shedding more light on the intricacies of the allegations and the defense put forth by the accused.


Details later…

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