Return N2.9b vehicles, Adeleke orders Oyetola, wife, others - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Friday, December 23, 2022

Return N2.9b vehicles, Adeleke orders Oyetola, wife, others

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The Assets Recovery Panel set up by the Osun State government has directed former Governor Gboyega Oyetola; his wife, Kafayat Oyetola; and other former appointees to immediately return assorted vehicles valued at N2.9 billion presently “illegally” in their possession.

Olawale Rasheed, the spokesperson of the State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday.

According to the statement, the former officials went away with various models of vehicles without any legal basis for such action.

Rasheed said: “As of today, there is no law that authorised any elected or appointed officials to go with state vehicles after completing their tenure of office.”

He said the Chairman of the Asset Recovery Committee set up by Governor Adeleke, Dr. B. T. Salami, reported that due diligence has been conducted and the committee has concluded that the affected past officials should return government vehicles in their possession.

He quoted Salami as having said: “This is the first batch of vehicles to be retrieved.

|We will soon come up with the second batch.

“All affected officials should return the vehicles in their possession immediately to avoid coercive procedures for recovery of State assets.”

In the list of affected officials, Governor Oyetola alone has 11 vehicles ranging from Lexus Jeep to Toyota Prado Jeeps and assorted models of costly vehicles.

Oyetola’s wife, according to the statement, also has in her possession several brands of government vehicles allegedly taken away against the provisions of the law.

Other former officials listed included the immediate past Special Adviser on Security, former Chief Details, former Personal Assistant to the Governor, former Special Assistants to the Governor, former Senior Special Assistants, former Special Advisers, former local government caretaker chairmen and members, former Board chairmen and members, former Chief of Staff, former Deputy Chief of Staff, former Deputy Governor, former Secretary to the State Government and former Commissioners among others.

According to the statement, the former Deputy Governor has more than seven government vehicles in his custody contrary to the provisions of the law.

Rasheed said the representative of Osun West Senatorial District, Adelere Adeyemi Oriolowo, was also directed by the panel to return to the Osun State Agricultural Development Programme five machines, namely: a motor grader, bulldozer and soil compactor among others.

He added: “All affected ex-officials are to urgently comply with the above request or risk enforcement procedures.”

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