Oyo state government on Thursday confirmed the recovery of 14 vehicles taken away by officials of the last administration.
It was learnt that the vehicles were recovered from the former political office holders with the assistance of security agencies following the expiration of the ultimatum handed down by Governor Seyi Makinde within which the ex political office holders are to surrender the vehicles.
Commenting on the recovered vehicles, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, confirmed that 13 of the recovered vehicles had been vandalised while only one was in good condition, adding that some of the vehicles were recovered from mechanics as well as from some residences while one wad abandoned close to Agodi government house.
The Chief Press Secretary added that in 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
Mr Adisa added that “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,”