Presidency: ICPC’s fugitive, Gimba Kumo not Buhari’s in-law

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Story from Kenneth AFOR, Lagos

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Malam Garba Shehu, has said that the person declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) is not an in-law to the President as being claimed some quarters.

Shehu who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday said that the marriage was dissolved some years ago.

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ICPC had declared one Gimba Kumo wanted for alleged $65 million fraud.

Kumo, a former Managing Director, Federal Mortgage Bank, got married to Buhari’s daughter in October 2016 in Daura, Katsina State.

The statement read in part: ”A running story to the effect that the ICPC has declared ‘an inlaw of the President’ wanted in connection with fraud involving the large sum of money, 65 million dollars 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 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.

”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,” the statement read in part.

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