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Court grants Buhari’s ex-minister Sirika and his daughter N200m bail over alleged N2.7bn fraud



A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to a former Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika, his daughter, and two others in the sum of ₦100m with two sureties.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Sirika alongside his daughter, Fatima, before Justice Sylvanus Oriji of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Maitama, on Thursday.

Also arraigned were Jalal Hamma and Al-Duraq Investment Ltd, for alleged abuse of office to the tune of N2.7 billion.

According to the charge sheet, Sirika allegedly used his position as the Minister of Aviation to fraudulently award contracts to his daughter, son in-law and associates.

The anti-graft agency had slammed six counts charge against them.

While granting them bail, the court ruled that they must provide two sureties who must have landed properties in Abuja.

The court said the sureties, who should be responsible citizens, must depose to an affidavit of means.

It also restricted the defendants from traveling abroad without its permission.

The court ruled that in the event that they are unable to meet their bail conditions, they should be remanded in prison.

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