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Nigeria Air: EFCC vows to arraign Sirika over alleged contract fraud  

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it will prosecute a former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, over alleged money laundering, contract fraud in the ministry and Nigeria Air debacle.  

The EFCC Spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, disclosed this on Wednesday in a phone conversation with ThePressNG. 

When asked if the anti-graft plans prosecuting the former minister, he responded in the affirmative. 

Sirika served under former president Muhammadu Buhari as Minister of Aviation. 

Another source familiar with developments within the commission but chose not to be named also told ThePressNG that the anti-graft agency’s ongoing probe would lead to prosecution. 

Several media outlets claim the ex-minister is being interrogated over alleged contract scam under his purview and knowledge. 

A reliable source said the arrest is also linked to the botched Nigeria Air. Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, had cancelled the Nigeria Air deal on August 31, 2023. He had revealed on January 31, 2024, that “the whole composition and totality of the deal is merely Ethiopian Air flying the Nigerian flag.” He also admitted that the EFCC was investigating the whole deal. 

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