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Alleged N2.8bn fraud: I saw N800m written in red pen – Witness 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Monday opened its case in the alleged N2.6 billion fraud leveled against the former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika at the FCT High Court, Maitama, Abuja.

Its first prosecution witness, Azubuike Okorie, a retired director who was a subpoenaed witness of the EFCC testified as the first witness before the court.

The EFCC dragged Sirika 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 of the court on six counts.

Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN was the counsel for Sirika, who is a (1st defendant) in the matter.

On the other hand, Mahmoud Magaji, SAN was the counsel to Fatima, the second (2nd defendant), while Michael Numa, SAN appeared for Al-Duraq Investment.

The PW1, Okorie, was led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN.

Under cross-examinations, the witness told the court that he was a special assistant, responsible for monitoring and evaluating projects,  adding that the Project Implementation Committee ensures the execution of projects.

When he was asked about the documents, he said: “These documents were the ones the then minister asked me to send to the permanent secretary and I did that by making photocopies.

“Let me answer it this way, these documents were given to me, I was not there when he wrote on it, but I will assume, it is the minister that wrote in red pen because only ministers write in red pen.

“I saw N800 million against Al-Duraq Global Investment Limited and Apron Expansion and was aware the contract was given to the above company.”

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