Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Buhari son-in-law declared wanted over N31bn fraud

Mr Kumo, a former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, in 2016 married Mr Buhari’s second daughter Fatima.

• May 13, 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari’s son-in-law, Gimba Yau Kumo, and two others were on Thursday declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, over diversion and misappropriation of $65 million National Housing fund.

Mr Kumo, a former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, who in 2016 married Mr Buhari’s second daughter Fatima, Mr. Tarry Rufus and Mr. Bola Ogunsola, were declared wanted over misappropriation and diversion of $65 million National Housing fund.

A statement signed by Azuka C. Ogugua, ICPC Spokesperson, urged the public to provide information about the whereabouts of Mr Kumo and his cohort.

“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),” the commission said.

Before now, Mr Kumo was being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over a N3billon fraud.

Though Mr Buhari campaigned on riding Nigerian public service of corruption, saying Nigeria must kill corruption before it kills Nigerians, his allies and associates have been fingered in sundry corruption cases.

Peoples Gazette reported how late Isa Funta, an ally of Mr Buhari, got millions of naira from Federal Inland Revenue Service and how the current Chairman of EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, was involved in theft before he was tapped for the job by Mr. Buhari.

In January, Transparency International in its 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) reported that Nigeria’s ratings plunged to 149 on a categorised scale for “highly corrupt” countries — three places down from its 146th position in 2019.

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