Oyo State Government on Thursday said it has recovered 14 official vehicles taken away by officials who served in the immediate past administration of Abiola Ajimobi in the state.
The Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa confirmed the recovery of the vehicles to reporters.
It would be recalled that the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde had given an ultimatum to the officials to return all the government properties in their possession but they failed to heed the directive.
Ajimobi and his aides were accused of carting away all the officials vehicles in the transport pool of the state.
When asked about the issue recently, the former governor told the current administration to stop talking about “mundane issue” and face the task of governance.
Adisa said 13 of the recovered vehicles had been vandalised while only one was still in good condition.
He stated that some of the vehicles were retrieved from mechanic workshops, others were recovered from residences and one was abandoned close to the government house in Agodi.
His words: “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 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?
“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.”