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.
The former officials, according to a statement by Mallam Olawale Rasheed, Spokesperson to the Executive Governor, “had gone away with various models of vehicles without any legal basis for such action. As of 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, Rasheed said, “reported that due diligence has been conducted and the committee has concluded that the affected past officials should return government vehicles in their possession.”
He quoted the Committee Chairman as saying that “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, Rasheed’s statement said, “Governor Oyetola alone has 11 vehicles ranging from Lexus Jeep, Toyota Prado jeeps and assorted models of costly vehicles. His 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 the 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.
“All affected ex-officials are to urgently comply with the above request or risk enforcement procedures,” the statement concluded.