The Presidency, Friday, declared that President Muhammadu Buhari has no relationship with Gimba Yau Kumo, who is on the wanted list of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) in connection with a $65 million fraud at the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN).
A statement signed by Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said 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.
“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.
“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.”
According to the notice posted late on Thursday: “The persons whose pictures appear above, Mr. Tarry Rufus, Mr. Gimba Yau Kumo and Mr. Bola Ogunsola, are hereby declared WANTED by the 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)
The 2015-2018 report is currently under scrutiny by the committee, chaired by Mathew Urhoghide, representing Edo South. According to the report, the contract was awarded in four phases and was overpaid to the tune of N3billion.
The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, expressed disappointment that “the Presidency had remained silent in the face of the huge fraud involving Mr. President’s son-in-law, only for certain members of the cabal to be reportedly mounting pressure on the ICPC to let him off the hook.”
The party charged the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) not to succumb to reported pressure from the cabal in the Presidency, but to track down Kumo, a former managing director of the bank, who had already been declared wanted, and bring him to book alongside his accomplices.