Court Grants Buhari’s ex-Minister, Daughter, Others N100m Bail

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to a former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, his daughter, and two others in the sum of N100 million with two sureties.

According to the Court, the sureties must have landed properties in Abuja, depose to an affidavit of means and also responsible citizens.

The court also restricted the defendants from traveling abroad without its permission.

Hadi Sirika, alongside his daughter, arrived at the Federal High Court in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Thursday morning where he was arraigned for an alleged N2.7 billion fraud in connection with the botched Nigerian Air project.

Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has slammed six counts on the minister in the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari, his daughter, and two others.


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The anti-graft agency accused Sirika of conferring undue advantage on some entities between April 2022 and March 2023 in Abuja.

Sirika was also alleged of abuse of his office by awarding consultancy N1.3bn contract for the Nigerian Air Start-up to Tianero Nigeria Limited.

In his lead judgment, Justice Oriji ordered that the defendants should be remanded in prison custody if they failed to meet their bail conditions.

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