Gboyega Oyetola, the immediate past Osun State Governor, his wife, Kafayat Oyetola, and other former aides have been asked to return without delay, official vehicles in their possession.
The directive was issued by the Asset Recovery Panel of the Osun State Government on Friday in Osogbo, the State capital.
The directive was contained in a statement signed by Olawole Rasheed, the spokesperson to the Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke.
According to the Asset Recovery Panel headed by Bashiru Tokunbo Salam, the vehicles are worth N2.9 billion, noting that the former officials had taken vehicles without any legal backing for such action.
The statement read, “As at today, there is no law that authorised any elected or appointed officials to go with state vehicles after completing their tenure of office.
“The Chairman of the Asset Recovery Committee, Dr BT 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.
“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.”
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The panel added, “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 that were taken away against provisions of the law.
“Other former officials listed include 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, former commissioners among others.
“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.”
The committee urged the affected former government officials to comply with the directive or risk enforcement procedures.
Source: Daily Post
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