On Thursday, the Oyo State Government confirmed the recovery of 14 vehicles taken by the last administration’s officials.
The recovery followed the end of an ultimatum given by Governor Seyi Makinde to the officials of the last administration.
Recently, former Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his aides were charged with emptying the state transport pool. But in response, Ajimobi accused his successor of pursuing a ‘ mundane issue ‘ leaving behind the serious task of governance.
Mr Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Makinde, revealed to our correspondent on Thursday that 14 cars had been recovered from Ajimobi aides.
He, however, said 13 of the recovered vehicles had been damaged.
Adisa said some of the cars were picked up from mechanics, some from some residences, while one had been discovered abandoned near the Agodi Government House.
According to Adisa, after their phone numbers were provided, “Career officers made phone calls to some authorities who kept custody of government vehicles.
“Some of them responded and gave addresses where the vehicles were recovered. Some were in mechanical workshops ; others were tracked and retrieved with a tracking device.
“Surprisingly, at a highway close the Agodi Government House, one was parked and abandoned, and security agents were alerted. They came to tow it to the government house. Thirteen of the vehicles recovered are not working as they were vandalized.
“For reasons best known to them, they (ex-officials) ran them aground completely. The number of vehicles recovered is still a far cry from the number taken away ; because if just an official made away with 11 cars, you can imagine how many cars they still have.