- The Oyo state government says it has recovered 14 vehicles allegedly taken away by officials in the immediate past administration
- Governor Seyi Makinde had earlier raised an alarm that many vehicles belonging to the state government had been taken away by former officials
- The governor had also issued a two-day ultimatum to former officials to return the government’s property
The Oyo state government on Thursday, July 11, said it had recovered 14 vehicles allegedly taken away by officials in the government of the immediate past governor, Abiola Ajimobi.
Taiwo Adisa, chief press secretary to Governor Makinde, confirmed the development while speaking to journalists.
Adisa said 13 of the recovered vehicles had been vandalised while “only one was in good condition.”
He said some of the vehicles were retrieved from mechanics while others were recovered from some residences “and one abandoned close to Agodi government house.”
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His words: “Career officers made phone calls to some officials in custody of government vehicles after their phone numbers were supplied.
“Some of them responded and gave the address of locations where the vehicles were recovered. Some were in the mechanic workshops; others were tracked with a device and recovered.
“Surprisingly too, one was parked and abandoned at a road near Agodi government house where security agents were alerted. They went there to tow it to the government house.
“Thirteen of the recovered vehicles are not working as they had been vandalised one way or the other.
“They completely ran them down for reasons best known to them. The recovered vehicles are still a far cry from those taken away because if just an official made away with 11 vehicles, you could imagine how many vehicles are still in their possession?
“Investigation is still on to ascertain those vehicles bought in the last year and which are still missing. And there is no record of payment for those either purchased or boarded by the said officials. They can be accused of car theft, especially if you are in custody of a vehicle without receipts of purchase.”
Meanwhile, former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar on Thursday, July 11, said the private sector experience of the governor of Oyo state, Engineer Seyi Makinde will help him in the governance of the state.
General Abdusalami Abubakar, who was on a brief visit to the governor’s office said he was in Ibadan to attend an inaugural lecture of the University of Ibadan.
He congratulated Governor Makinde for his victory at the March 29 polls, adding that he was in the vanguard of encouraging the younger generation of Nigerians to take interest in politics.
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