The asset recovery panel set up by the Osun State Government has directed immediate past governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola, and his wife, Kafayat , to return official vehicles in their possession.
The directive was contained in a statement issued on Friday evening by Olawale Rasheed, spokesperson to Governor Ademola Adeleke.
According to the statement, Tokunbo Salami, the chairman of the asset recovery panel, said the directive also applies to former appointees in the state.
Oyetola was said to have 11 vehicles in his possession, while his wife has “several” brands of government vehicles in her possession.
Salami added that there is no law in the state that authorises any elected or appointed officials to leave with state vehicles after the completion of their tenure.
“The Assets Recovery Panel of the Osun State Government has directed former Governor Gboyega Oyetola, his wife, Hajia Kafayat Oyetola, and other former appointees to immediately return assorted vehicles valued at N2.9 billion presently illegally in their possession.
“Due diligence has been conducted and the committee has concluded that the affected past officials should return government vehicles in their possession.
“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, Toyota Prado jeeps and assorted models of costly vehicles. The wife, Mrs Kafayat, also has in her possession several brands of government vehicles which were taken away against provisions of the law,” the statement read.
The panel also directed former deputy governor, Benedict Alabi; former chief of staff, Charles Akinola and former deputy chief of staff, Abdullahi Binuyo, to return the official vehicles in their possession.
Other affected persons include those who served as special advisers, local government caretakers, board chairpersons, commissioners, and secretary to the state government.
“The former Deputy Governor has more than seven government vehicles in his custody contrary to the provisions of the law.
“A serving Senator, Oriolowo, is also directed to return to the Osun State Agricultural Development Programme five machines, namely motor grader, bulldozer, soil compactor machine, among others.
“All affected ex-officials are to urgently comply with the above request or risk enforcement procedures,” the statement added.