Alleged N2.7bn contract fraud: BPP director testifies against Sirika


A witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has told an Abuja High Court that the company of former aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, was not among five companies listed as bidders for the contract for the Apron Extension at Katsina Airport.

The witness, Isaiah Yusuf, who testified as EFCC 4th witness (PW4) said this in his testimony on alleged N2.7 billion against Sirika and three others.


The EFCC dragged him alongside his daughter, Fatima; Jalal Sule Hamma and Al-Duraq Investment Limited, for abuse of office and contract fraud.

They are standing trial before Justice Sylvanus Orji on six counts.

The minister who served under former President Muhammadu Buhari was accused of abusing his office as minister through the award of contracts to a company in which his daughter and her husband had interest.

The offence allegedly committed by the former minister and others, according to the prosecution, were contrary to Sections 12 and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, to Section 17 (b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004.

In addition, Section 315 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532 Acts of the Federal Capital Territory and punishable under the same sections.

Yusuf who was led on evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, said he was Director, Procurement, Bureau Public Procurement, BPP.

He said on March 16, 2022 a letter was received from the Ministry of Aviation requesting for letter of ‘no objection’ to enable the ministry award contracts with restricted publicity.

He told the court that the contract was below N1.5 billion, which the ministerial tender board could approve.

The witness added that if the amount was above the N1.5billion, the BPP would issue ‘certificate of no objection’ that would enable the ministry or agency request to proceed to Federal Executive Council, FEC, for approval.

Yusuf further said that after the approval was given, it would go back to the ministry or agency that placed the request.

“The Ministry of Aviation wrote two letters to BPP dated May 16 and May 17 requesting for ‘due process no objection’ for restricted advertisement for bidders.

“The ministry brought names of selected companies, five in number for the building of terminal and extension of Katsina Airport.

“BPP approved the five listed companies for the contract for N800 million but Al-Duraq Global Investment Limited and Apron Expansion were not on the list,” he told the court.

Yusuf told the court that by the time the approval was given to the ministry, the BPP received any communication.

“It was when the EFCC contacted the BPP that we got to know that the project was split into two with costs at N1.4 billion and N1.3 billion.

“The BPP Act, section 16(6) must be strictly adhered to before bidders can be awarded contracts.

“The actual cost of the project brought to the BPP for evaluation was N800 million…

“We do not know how the project turned into two contracts and how the Al-Duraq Global Investment Limited and Apron Expansion were awarded the contract,” the witness said.

Meanwhile, Justice Oriji adjourned until July 5, for cross-examination of the witness.



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