Malam Gimba Ya’u Kumo, the new son in-law to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, is under the investigation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for an alleged fraud of N3b. Kumo last week got married to one of President Buhari’s daughters, Fatima, in Daura, Katsina state.
The fraud was allegedly committed while the president’s in-law was still the Managing Director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN). Reports say he had been under investigation even before he married the president’s daughter.
The investigation of the president’s in-law throws President Buhari into a moral conundrum. His administration boasts of its anti-corruption war which many opposition critics say have been selective. The president’s critics will be on the look out for the end of the probe into the activities of Mr Kumo.
In a society where institutions of state have limited independence from state operators, it is not clear how far the investigation will go with the new status of Kumo.