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N2.7bn fraud: Court imposes travel ban on Sirika, daughter


The Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja,  on Thursday, barred the immediate-past Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika,  his daughter, Fatimah, and son-in-law, Jalal Hamma, from travelling outside the country.

Justice Sylvanus Orji ruled that they must not leave the country pending the conclusion of their N2.7bn fraud trial.

The immediate-past Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and his daughter, Fatimah.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Thursday on six counts, bordering on N2.7bn fraud.

They were arraigned alongside Al-Buraq Investment Ltd.

The anti-graft agency alleged that Sirika abused his office by awarding a consultancy N1.3bn contract for the Nigerian Air Start-up to Tianero Nigeria Limited.

The immediate-past Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and his daughter, Fatimah.

The commission said in doing that, the ex-minister acted contrary to Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

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.”

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