Nigerian Air: Sirika, Daughter Set for Court Appearance in N2.7bn Fraud Case Thursday


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will today (Thursday) arraign the immediate-past Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, for an alleged N2.7bn fraud in connection with the botched Nigerian Air project.

Sirika, who served under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari, would be arraigned on a six-count amended charge. Sirika will be arraigned alongside his daughter, Fatimah, and two others before Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja.

According to the court document, the other defendants are one Jalal Hamma, and Al-Buraq Investment Ltd.

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The EFCC alleged that Sirika conferred undue advantage on some entities between April 2022 and March 2023 in Abuja.

In another count, the anti-graft agency alleged that on or about August 18, 2022 in Abuja, Sirika “did use your position to confer unfair advantage upon Al Buraq Global Investment Limited, whose alter ego, Fatima Hadi Sirika and Jalal Sule Hamma are your daughter and son-in-law respectively, by using your position to influence the award to them, the contract for the Apron Extension at Katsina Airport for the sum of N1.498,300,750.00.”

In count three, the EFCC accused him of criminal breach of trust “while being the Minister of Aviation and in such capacity as a public officer on or about August 18, 2022, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court.”

The anti-graft agency said the ex-minister acted contrary to Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.