Despite Mobilisation, N1.4bn Katsina Airport Extension Not Executed-Says Ex-Director

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Despite the payment of 30 per cent mobilisation fee, N1.4 billion Apron Extension Contract at Katsina Airport was not executed.

A former Director of Procurement at the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Azubuike Okorie, told an Abuja High Courtin on Monday while testifying in a case involving former Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika, his daughter, son-in-law, and Al-Buraq Investment Ltd.

Okorie who testified as a subpoenaed witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) added that the contract remained unexecuted when he left civil service in May 2023.

He also told the court that 30 percent mobilisation fee paid was paid to the disputed company, but he couldn’t confirm full payment.

The counsel for the defendant, requested an adjournment for cross-examination to study the EFCC’s evidence.

The EFCC accused Sirika of contract fraud, alleging favoritism towards companies linked to his family in awarding contracts for the Nigerian Air project and Katsina Airport Apron Extension.

Justice Sylvanus Oriji, adjourned the case to June 11, 2024.