The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) interrogated Abubakar Ahmad Sirika Wednesday about an alleged N8.06 billion contract fraud at the Federal Ministry of Aviation.
Abubakar is the brother of former Minister Hadi Sirika, who is alleged to have granted the contracts to his sibling.
The arrest of Abubakar on Sunday was part of an ongoing investigation into alleged fraudulent practices in the Ministry of Aviation during the former minister’s term.
The EFCC is investigating charges of conspiracy, misuse of office, public-fund diversion, contract inflation, criminal breach of trust, and money laundering.
Engirios Nigeria Limited, owned by Abubakar, a Level-16 officer and a deputy director in the Ministry of Water Resources, has received about N3, 212,258,930.18 of the contract sum.
When Abubakar’s brother was in charge of the ministry, four large contracts were awarded to his company, Engirios Nigeria Limited.
According to EFCC investigators, Abubakar Sirika serves as the company’s Managing Director (MD)/Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Furthermore, it was discovered that he is the sole signatory to two accounts linked to the corporation at two banks.