The Oyo State Government on Thursday confirmed the recovery of 14 vehicles allegedly taken away by officials of the Abiola Ajimobi administration.
The recovery followed the expiration of the ultimatum Governor Seyi Makinde gave officials of the last administration.
Former Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his aides were alleged to have emptied the state’s transport pool, while the former governor accused Makinde of pursuing a ‘mundane issue’ in the face of taxing governance ahead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, confirmed the recovery of the vehicles to The PUNCH on Thursday.
Adisa said 13 of the recovered vehicles had been vandalised, while only one was in good condition.
He said, “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. 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?
“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.”