Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan
The Oyo State Government Thursday confirmed the recovery of 14 vehicles from officials of the last administration.
The Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, who confirmed the recovered vehicles, also said 13 of the recovered vehicles had been vandalised while only one was in good condition.
The recovery of the vehicles followed the expiration of the ultimatum given to officials of the last administration by Governor Seyi Makinde.
Former Governor Abiola Ajimobi and aides were alleged to have emptied the state transport pool, a development which made the former governor accuse Makinde of pursuing a ‘mundane issue’ in the face of tasking governance ahead.
Adisa said some of the vehicles were retrieved from mechanics while others were recovered from some residences, and one abandoned close to Agodi Government House.
According to him, “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 address of locations where the vehicles were recovered. Some were in the mechanic workshops, others were tracked with 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 have 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 can imagine how many vehicles are still in their possession.
“Investigation is still on to ascertain those vehicles bought in the last one 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.”