N5.2bn aviation scam: EFCC reopens ex-Minister Babalola Borishade’s case file

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reopened the case file of a N5.2 billion scandal in the Ministry of Aviation, with hearing on the matter slated for February 14 after the Attorney General of the Federation would have been briefed.

Hearing on the suit filed by the EFCC against the former Minister of Aviation, Babalola Borishade, and four others before Justice Abubakar Sadiq Umar of the FCT High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, was stalled on Wednesday, following a request by the AGF to be briefed about the matter.

Mr. Borishade, his former personal assistant, Tunde Dairo, and two others, allegedly mismanaged a N5.2 billion Aviation Safe Tower contract funds.

Others on trial for the alleged offence are former managing director of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, Rowland Iyayi; an Australian, George Eider, and Avsatel Communications Ltd.

The suspects were arraigned on November 19, 2009 by the EFCC on a 15-count charge of taking bribe and forging aviation contract documents.

Although both parties were present in court, Justice Umar informed them that the matter could not go on as planned as the AGF requested a brief on the case by the EFCC since the matter had been in court for about seven years.

He presented a letter dated February 2, 2016 from the AGF requesting for an adjournment of the case and records of court proceedings so far.

The counsel to the EFCC, Chile Okoroma, told the court that his hands were tied with regards to continuing the proceeding as the AGF being the chief law officer, had power over him.

According to Mr. Okoroma, “under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, and Section 174 of the Constitution, the AGF has the power to take over, continue or discontinue a case”.

Counsel to the first defendant, Kehinde Ogunwumiju and Regina Okotie-Eboh, representing the 4th and 5th defendants, who had initially sought a dismissal of the case, could not have their applications taken as a result of the letter from the AGF.

Justice Umar adjourned the case to February 17, 2016 for ruling and continuation of hearing, pending the decision of the AGF.


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  • favourtalk

    They will all be going down one by one, Nigeria is going to be better and we will never fail again with the anti corruption crusade going on in Nigeria. We shall win over the past clueless government

  • Bidemi Lukman

    Borisade and Co would have thought the case was over since 2009. If you have a corpse buried with the legs outside, you can never rest until you have it totally buried

  • Netanyahu

    Those demonizing Oduah for purchasing bullet proof cars for no other reason than where she comes from can now bury their heads in shame as their brother embezzled so much way back in 2009. Fraud or corruption is not a native of any one clan in Nigeria or anywhere else. I will never support Odiah or anyone else to steal or embezzle public funds but there is no corruption more than nepotism. Everybody agrees that Nigeria is where it is today because of the worst type of leaders bedevilling her since 1960. So what other excuses for awusa/foolani and their Yoruba collaborators to give for destroying Nigeria and turn around to blame everything on Jonathan. This is in no way defending the clueless one.