- The presidency on Friday, May 14, reacted to the report that Gimba Yau Kumo formerly known to be President Buhari's son-in-law, is now a wanted person by the ICPC
- Garba Shehu in a statement on Friday noted that Kumo is no longer linked with the president's daughter, Fatima, as the marriage had been dissolved before the ICPC report
- Kumo was said to have diverted the sum of $65 million slated for national housing funds, with two accomplices
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The presidency, through Garba Shehu, a media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, has released a statement saying that the marriage of Gimba Yau Kumo and Fatima had since been dissolved and as such, the former is not Buhari's son-in-law, The Nation reports.
Shehu re-assured Nigerians of President Buhari's readiness to stamp out corruption from the country irrespective of who is involved.
He believes that it is unfortunate to bring the Buhari’s family into this case through the media to generate views and sell copies of sensational reporting.
The statement partly read:
“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."
Kumo was on Thursday, May 13, declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
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A former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Kumo is known to have married one of President Buhari's daughters, Fatima, in 2016 at Daura, Katsina state.
The spokesman of the ICPC, Azuka Ogugua, in a published notice on Thursday, announced that Kumo, alongside two other suspects, Tarry Rufus, and Bola Ogunsola, were allegedly involved in the diversion of national housing funds to the tune of $65,000,000.
In the notice, Ogugua said:
"The persons whose pictures appear above, Mr. Tarry Rufus, Mr. Gimba Yau Kumo and Mr. Bola Ogunsola, are hereby declared WANTED by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in connection with issues bordering on misappropriation of National Housing Funds and diversion of the sum of Sixty Five Million dollars ($65,000,000).
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He appealed to anyone with useful information on their whereabouts to report to ICPC Headquarters Abuja, any of its state offices or the nearest police station. They can also call the agency on its toll-free lines or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, Hadiza Bala Usman had been asked to step aside from her role as the managing director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).
Legit.ng gathered that the order was given by President Muhammadu Buhari a statement signed by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu on Thursday, May 6.
Her suspension came as Buhari approved the recommendation of the ministry of transportation under Rotimi Amaechi to set up an administrative panel of inquiry to investigate NPA management.
According to Garba, the executive director of finance and administration, Mohammed Bello-Koko, will replace Usman as NPA boss for the duration of the investigation.
The panel of inquiry would be headed by the director, Maritime Services of the ministry while the deputy director, legal will serve as the secretary.