The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has declared a son-in-law to President Muhammadu Buhari, Gimba Yau Kumo, wanted over an alleged $65 million fraud.
Kumo, a former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), was declared wanted alongside Tarry Rufus and Bola Ogunsola, in a notice published on Thursday, by a spokesperson of the anti-graft commission over alleged misappropriation and dispersion of national housing funds.
According to the release issued by Azuka Ogugua, “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.” A notice that is coming barely 3 weeks after the Senate Committee on Public Accounts summoned Kumo to explain an alleged irregular award of N3 billion contract while he held sway at the bank.
The development has elicited divergent reactions from Nigerians as some social media users describe it as interesting and a story to watch out for.
When President Muhammadu Buhari along with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) toured the 36 states of the country during the 2014/15 electioneering campaigns, one of the cardinal promises made by his nascent party was to deal effectively with corruption if elected.
While the party got elected and eventually went on to win a second term in 2019, Nigerians are sharply divided on the performance of President and his party in this regard. For many, it’s largely been a case of witch-hunt against key figures in the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as well as other political enemies of the president.
On the part of the president’s supporters however, every other thing in Nigeria remains ‘stinking’ and full of ‘filth’ except Baba, who they scream to the hearing of others as incorruptible. In fact, the African Union (AU) named him in January 2018, as its first ever anti-corruption champion at the AU Summit in Addis Ababa. A feat the AU says is recognition for his efforts to end graft in his country Nigeria.
All of these have hardly produced a ripple effect on the level of corruption in the country, as reports on largescale corruption (especially in public circles) continue unabated, while Nigeria performs abysmally in the annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) of Transparency International. As legal luminary Mike Ozekhome puts it, “recovering looted funds is different from fighting corruption,” in apparent reference to the need by government to put adequate systems in check (including measures that prevent corruption) to curb the menace
Most worrisome are numerous instances of corruption cases involving members of the opposition party take a low on their defection to the ruling APC; while a number of the President’s men like former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, and ex-Minister Kemi Adeosun free from any form of prosecution. It is even doubtful that the Buhari-led administration has willing fully sacked any official since it assumed power in 2015.
Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq is a Journalist, Political Analyst and Satirist with major interest in Nigerian Politics, Governance and Sports.