The presidency has denied that Gimba Yau Kumo, a man wanted by the the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission over an alleged contract scam, is a son-in-law to President Buhari.
The presidency said ” 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 reaction of the presidency was contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja.
“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. 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 said.