₦2.7bn Fraud EFCC Set To Arraign Sirika, Daughter Today

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will today (Thursday) arraign former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, his daughter, Fatimah, and two other suspects in court.

Africa Today News, New York reports that the suspects are being prosecuted over alleged ₦2.7 billion contract fraud uncovered in the Aviation Ministry under Sirika who left office as Minister last year.

The embattled former Minister would be arraigned for trial for the first time, before Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the Federal High Court in Abuja today.

Sirika is billed to appear in court with his three co-defendants, his daughter, Fatima; one Jalal Hamma, and Al-Duraq Investment Ltd, on charges of abusing their positions to launder over N2.7 billion.

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In another report, the American International School Abuja (AISA) has offered additional information and context to clarify the issues around its decision to refund the school fees paid by former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, to the EFCC.

The Head of School, Greg Hughes, explained that the school turned in the funds in compliance with the commission’s request and denied any wrongdoing.

He also reaffirmed the institution’s commitment to upholding institutional integrity and respect for institutions in the country.

Hughes said: “Our compliance to remit these funds underscores our commitment to upholding institutional integrity and our respect for the national institutions of Nigeria.

“Upon learning that the school fees we accepted in good faith were, in fact, part of an ongoing case with the EFCC, we turned over these funds in compliance with this federal commission’s request.”

Citing the subjudice status of the issue as a result of the ongoing case between the EFCC and Bello, the school averred that “we will refrain from making any further comments at this time.”

Africa Today News, New York

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