ICPC declared me wanted without official invitation – Buhari’s ex-in-law

ICPC declared me wanted without official invitation – Buhari’s ex-in-law

Gimba Kumo, a former son-in-law to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has alleged the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) didn't give him an official invitation before declaring him wanted.

WUZUPNIGERIA has reported that Kumo was declared wanted last Thursday for the alleged misappropriation of $65m while he was Managing Director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.

Addressing the ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, in a letter dated May 18, 2021, Kumo accused the ICPC of violating its own Act by declaring him wanted without following due process but noted that he's ready to approach the commission upon invitation.

In the letter signed by his lawyer, Chief O.U Orji and Uwem Umoawan, Kumo revealed that the Department of State Services and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have already investigated him.

He added that the reports of the investigation have been sent to his ex-in-law, Buhari by the respective commissions.

"We were reliably informed by our client that he was never served with any official invitation in line with Section 29, 30, 31 and 32 of the ICPC Act, 2000.

"Since he left the FMBN, his private office and home address is well known to the public as both the DSS and the EFCC have also effected service/invitation to him personally which he honoured without any hesitation on the same issues as he does not have anything to hide."

"Suffice it to be noted that the same allegations were dully investigated by the DSS and the EFCC and reports have been sent to the President. All the documents ranging from the invitation letters and our client's reply with the documentary proofs will be found if demanded.

"Sir, it is instructive to ask why the witch-hunt? Why the hurry to declare our client wanted? Why the publication without properly inviting our client in accordance with the law? What actually is then aim behind these investigations having been investigated by the DSS and EFCC on the same subject matter?"

In an update on Wednesday, The PUNCH revealed that Kumo was also investigated for funds released for the Goodluck Jonathan Legacy City Housing Project which began in 2012.

The PUNCH however noted that Kumo was also investigated for funds released for the Goodluck Jonathan Legacy City Housing Project which was expected to deliver one million housing units in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt.

According to reports, the project which was awarded to Good Earth Nigeria Limited accommodated the FMBN to implement a small portion of the project which was supposed to have lasted for 18 months and terminated by June 20, 2014.

However, the project was frustrated by a delay in getting letters of credit as well as the arrival of imported materials for construction, Kumo said in his letter.

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