$65m Fraud: Man ICPC declared wanted not Buhari’s in-law, says Presidency



The presidency has debunked reports which claimed that a man wanted by ICPC was President Muhammadu Buhari’s in-law.

A statement signed by Senior Special Assistanto the President(Media and Publicity, Malam Shehu, said Friday that such reports were unfortunate.

Shehu said “To set the records straight, the wanted by the ICPC is not an in-law to President Buhari

He added,”While at some point in time the said fugitive from justice had been linked to a member in marriage, that relationship has ended some years ago. It is therefore unfortunate to bring the President’s into this . It is in our view an attempt to generate views and sell copies of sensational reporting.”

The reaction from the presidency reads thus in full: “A story to the effect that the ICPC has ‘an inlaw of the President’ wanted in connection with involving the large sum of money , USD65 million to be exact.This should normaly be an affirmation that our anti-corruption agencies/institutions are truly independent and allowed unfettered freedom by the President. Which infact is the .


“That a state can issue such is a measure of the administration’s commitment to accountability, equality and justice.


“To set the records straight, the declared wanted by the ICPC is not an in-law to President Buhari.


“While at some point in time the said fugitive from justice had been linked to a member in marriage, that relationship has ended some years ago. It is therefore unfortunate to bring the President’s into this . 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 course. As is well known of him, President Muhammadu Buhari will not provide any cover for crime, no matter who is involved.”