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$65m fraud: Presidency denies fugitive as Buhari’s in-law

Mr. Gimba Yau Kumo, accused of $65 million fraud in the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) and who has been declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and related offenses Commission (ICPC) is no longer a son-in-law to President Muhammadu Buhari, says the Presidency.

A statement issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Friday night clarified that the relationship between Kumo and the President’s daughter ended some years ago.

“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,” Shehu said.

Reacting to what he called a running story to the effect that the ICPC has declared “an inlaw of the president” wanted in connection with the fraud, he said: “This should normaly be an affirmation that our anti-corruption agencies/institutions are truly independent and allowed unfettered freedom by the President. Which infact 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 President’s 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.”

Written by ExpressDay

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