Abubakar Ahmad Sirika, brother to the former Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, has been apprehended by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on charges related to contract fraud within the aviation sector.
During his tenure as minister, Sirika faced accusations of various offenses, including conspiracy, abuse of office, misappropriation of public funds, contract inflation, breach of trust, and money laundering, amounting to N8,069,176,864.
The EFCC alleges that the sum in question is linked to four aviation contracts awarded by the former minister to his brother’s company, Engirios Nigeria Limited.
According to the anti-corruption agency, Abubakar not only serves as the Managing Director/CEO of Engirios Nigeria Limited but also acts as the sole signatory to its two bank accounts, held in Zenith and Union banks.
An inside source at the EFCC disclosed that Sirika awarded these contracts to his brother despite being aware of Abubakar’s position as a civil servant holding the post of deputy director at Level 16 in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources since 2000.
The contracts awarded by the former minister to Engirios Nigeria Limited include the construction of a Terminal Building at Katsina Airport, a Fire Truck Maintenance and Refurbishment Centre at the same airport, procurement and installation of equipment at Aviation House in Abuja, and the procurement of aircraft and simulator for the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology in Zaria.
Reports indicate that despite disbursing N3.2 billion to his brother’s company, no tangible work has been completed on the contracted projects.
Abubakar Sirika is currently in EFCC custody, providing additional information on the financial transactions of the ministry, all while under the supervision of his older brother, Hadi Sirika.Follow us on social media