An anonymous anti-corruption group had alleged that the Managing Director of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Captain Rabiu Hamidu Yadudu, is under investigation over a series of financial misconducts, which were said to have already been forwarded to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.
The allegation was contained in a report written by the group which says it is committed to helping the war against corruption as being championed by President Muhammadu Buhari who had strongly stated his mission to sanitise the country in all sectors.
According to the report, Captain Yadudu is alleged to have surrounded himself with people who are concerned about enriching themselves alone by conniving with vendors and internal stakeholders in the agency to inflate cost in the audits, accounts and procurement departments of FAAN.
Attempts to speak with the FAAN MD by this medium were unsuccessful as calls made to his known MTN number were being dropped, while an sms sent to it was not delivered up until press time.
The report accused Yadudu of nepotism, alleging that training and recruitment slots into FAAN have become ”a business limited to a handful of his friends and relatives”.
”There are also serious allegations of misappropriation of funds under the guise of touring foreign countries for the betterment of FAAN,” the report added.
In a detailed narrative, the group alleged Captain Yadudu of:
1. approving the cost of constructing a one-bedroom quadrupulets in Kaduna airport at N35M
2. Installation of DSTV in his official residence at N4.8M
3. conducting meetings at home during odd hours with female staffers of the organisation
4. approving the supply of explosive detector machines at N117 million.
5. installation of damaged CCTV in his official residence at N1.7 million, amongst other weighty allegations.
Captain Yadudu was not the only one caught in the web of the allegations, there is a long list of staffers of FAAN who the group’s statement says were also involved, detailing ”the payment process to each staffer from 100,000 to 500,000 naira”.
Until his appointment, Captain Yadudu was the Director of Operations, FAAN.
He replaced Saleh Dunoma, who spent over three decades at the agency’s helm.