EFCC Quizzes Ex-Aviation Minister's Brother Over Contract Fraud

According to the EFCC findings, Engirios Nigerian Limited, with Abubakar Sirika identified as its MD/CEO, secured four significant contracts during Hadi Sirika's tenure at the ministry.
Ex-minister of aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika
Ex-minister of aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirikagoogle photo

An investigation led by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered potential irregularities surrounding the awarding of contracts to Engirios Nigerian Limited, a company allegedly connected to the brother of former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

According to the EFCC findings, Engirios Nigerian Limited, with Abubakar Sirika identified as its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, secured four significant contracts during Hadi Sirika's tenure at the ministry.

The contracts awarded to the brother's company include:

Construction of the Terminal Building in Katsina Airport valued at N1,345,586,500.00.

Fire Truck Maintenance and Refurbishment Centre in Katsina Airport worth N3,811,497,685.00.

Procurement and installation of elevators, air conditioners, and power generator house in Aviation House, Abuja, amounting to N615,195,275.00.

Procurement of Magnus Aircraft and simulator for Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, totaling N2,296,897,404.00.

EFCC's suspicions revolve around the alleged involvement of Hadi Sirika in assigning these contracts to his brother, Abubakar Sirika. Despite Abubakar's official position as a civil servant serving as a deputy director within the Federal Ministry of Water Resources since 2000, the contracts were reportedly granted to his company.

The investigation aims to shed light on any potential conflict of interest and ensure accountability in the allocation of public contracts. Further developments are expected as the EFCC continues its probe into the matter.

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