The Assets Recovery Panel of the Osun State Government has directed former Governor Gboyega Oyetola, his wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and other former appointees to immediately return assorted vehicles valued at 2.9 billion naira illegally in their possession.

A statement by the Spokesperson to the Governor, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, indicates that the former officials had gone away with various models of vehicles without any legal basis for such action.

The Chairman of the Asset Recovery Committee, Dr. Bashiru Salami according to the statement reported that due diligence had been conducted and the committee has concluded that the affected past officials should return government vehicles in their possession.

The statement reads, “There is no law that authorised any elected or appointed officials to go with state vehicles after completing their tenure of office”.

“In the list of affected officials, Governor Oyetola 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.

“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 a motor grader, bulldozer, and soil compactor machine among others.

The statement directed all affected ex-officials to urgently comply with the request to avoid coercive procedures for the recovery of State assets.

Funmi Adekoya

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