President Muhammadu Buhari has disowned his son-in-law, Gimba Yau Kumo, who was declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over an alleged $65 million fraud.
KanyiDaioy recalls that the ICPC had declared Kumo wanted alongside Tarry Rufus and Bola Ogunsola over alleged misappropriation and dispersion of national housing funds to the tune of $65 million.
Kumo is a former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, who married Buhari’s daughter, Fatima in 2016 at Daura, Katsina state.
However, in a statement on Friday, a President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, said Gimba Kumo is no more an in-law to President Muhamadu Buhari.
According to him, Mr Kumo “at some point in time” had been “linked” to “a family member in marriage” but that the “relationship has ended some years ago .”
“A running story to the effect that the ICPC has declared “an in-law of the President” wanted in connection with fraud involving the large sum of money , USD65 million to be exact.
“This should normally be an affirmation that our anti-corruption agencies/institutions are truly independent and allowed unfettered freedom by the President, which in fact is the case.
“That a state institution can issue such is a measure of the administration’s commitment to accountability, equality and justice.
“To set the records straight, the person declared wanted by the ICPC is not an in-law to President Buhari.
“While at some point in time the said fugitive from justice had been linked to a family member in marriage, that relationship has ended some years ago. It is therefore unfortunate to bring the Presidents family into this case. It is in our view, an attempt to generate views and sell copies of sensational reporting.
“The President’s position at all times is that the law be allowed to take its course. As is well known of him, President Muhammadu Buhari will not provide any cover for crime, no matter who is involved.”
KanyiDaily had reported how Buhari’s driver was recently detained by the DSS for tricking hIM into signing a fraudulent document to make millions of naira.