The Presidency has clarified reports that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC had declared a son-in-law to the President, Gimba Yau Kumo, wanted over contract scam.
The ICPC had accused three persons of misappropriating sixty-five million dollars and had declared the trio wanted.
One of those declared wanted was alleged to be a son-in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari; Gimba Yau Kumo. Yau Kumo reportedly married the President’s second daughter Fatima Buhari in 2016.
Reacting to the report in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja, the Presidency said though Gimba Yau Kumo at some point in time had been linked to the President’s family member in marriage, that relationship ended some years ago.
The statement partly read, “A running story to the effect that the EFCC has declared “an inlaw 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 EFCC is not an inlaw 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”.
“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.” The statement also read.