Former Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika Arrested by EFCC in N8 Billion Money Laundering Probe


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has taken into custody Hadi Sirika, the former Minister of Aviation during the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, in connection with an ongoing investigation into an alleged N8 billion money laundering scheme involving Nigeria Air.

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According to reports gathered by Vanguard, Sirika was brought to the EFCC’s Federal Capital Territory Command around 1:00 pm on Tuesday for questioning.

Sirika is currently undergoing interrogation by EFCC investigators regarding purportedly fraudulent contracts awarded to Engirios Nigeria Limited, a company owned by his younger sibling, Abubakar Sirika.

In February, the EFCC initiated an inquiry into the activities of the Aviation Ministry under Sirika’s leadership, focusing on allegations of conspiracy, abuse of office, diversion of public funds, contract inflation, criminal breaches of trust, and money laundering, amounting to N8,069,176,864.00 during his tenure.

Abubakar Sirika, listed as the Managing Director and CEO of Engirios Nigeria Limited, is also the sole signatory to the company’s accounts held in Zenith and Union Banks. The EFCC has reportedly arrested and detained him in connection with N3,212,258,930.18 transferred to his company’s account by the former minister.

Investigations have revealed that no tangible work has been executed on any of the contract items awarded, raising suspicions of embezzlement and financial impropriety.

Sirika’s arrest comes as part of the EFCC’s broader efforts to scrutinize the financial transactions of the Aviation Ministry during his tenure, as he was detained on Sunday, February 4, to aid in the commission’s investigation of the ministry’s financial activities.

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