ICPC declares President Buhari’s in-law, Kumo, wanted over $65m fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC), has declared as ‘wanted’ a son-in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari, Gimba Ya’u Kumo, over an alleged $65 million fraud.

The ICPC stated, in a ‘Notice of Wanted Persons’, that Kumo, along with three others, are wanted over misappropriation of $65million belonging to the National Housing Fund, (NHF).

The spokesperson of the anti-graft agency, Azuka Ogugua, in the notice, said Kumo was declared wanted alongside Tarry Rufus and Bola Ogunsola over alleged misappropriation and diversion of NHF funds.

The anti-corruption agency urged the public to provide information about the whereabouts of the wanted persons.

“Anyone who has useful information on their whereabouts should report to ICPC Headquarters Abuja, any of the ICPC State Offices or the nearest police station, call the ICPC toll-free lines, or send an email to info@icpc.gov.ng”, the notice read.

ICPC provided no further details about the alleged fraud or whether it got its clue on the alleged fraud from the findings of the Senate Committee on Public account.

Recall that the Senate Committee on Public Accounts had in April summoned Kumo to explain the alleged irregular award of N3 billion contract when he was still at the bank. The committee issued the summons following a query raised in a 2015-2018 report by the Office of the Auditor-General of the federation (AuGF) against the FMBN.

According to the report, the contract was awarded in four phases and was overpaid to the tune of N3,045,391,531.97.

Kumo, a former Managing Director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, married Fatima, President Buhari’s daughter, in 2016 in Daura, Katsina State.

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