By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government has recovered 14 of the vehicles taken away by officials of the immediate past administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi in the state.
New Nigerian reliably gathered that the recovered vehicles included those attached to top government functionaries in the immediate past administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
lt was learnt that following the expiration of the Governor Seyi Makinde’s order mandating those former political appointees in the state to return all the government vehicles that are still with them, security operatives were reported to have embarked on manhunt on those still in custody of Oyo state government vehicles.
In addition to this. It was gathered that some of the affected former political appointees were called on phone to safe their faces from public embarrassment by willing returning the government vehicles with them.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa . while commenting on the recovery of the vehicles confirmed that 13 of the recovered vehicles had been vandalised while only one was in good condition.
According to the CPS, some of the vehicles were recovered from mechanics and from some residences while one was abandoned close to the Oyo state Government House, Agodi
Mr Adisa said during the search for the vehicles. career officers in the state made phone calls to some officials in custody of government vehicles, after their phone numbers were supplied and that “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 toe it to the government house. 13 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 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?” he said
“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,”