P.M. News (Lagos)

30 August 1999

Nigeria: Army Rejects Oyo's Request

Lagos — The Nigerian Army Headquarters has rejected the request made by the Oyo State government to help it recover some of the property allegedly stolen by the immediate past military administrator in the state, AIG Amen Edore Oyakhire (retd) and his aides.

Some of the property include vehicles and electronic gadgets which were said to have been removed from the state transport fleet and the Government House residence of the governor.

P.M.News gathered that the army headquarters rejected flatly via a letter to the state government its request to help it recover such looted property of the Oyo State government. This was a follow up to an earlier letter written by the Secretary to the state government Chief Michael Koleosho.

The Governor of the state, Alhaji Lam Adesina has not been able to move into the Government House because most of the facilities hitherto there have been looted by the immediate past administration.

Alhaji Adesina himself confirmed this sad development when he fielded questions on an Ibadan-based private TV programme.

He said that the army headquarters told them to find solutions to their request because the affected officers are no longer in the force.

He re-affirmed the state government's unflinching commitment to ensure justice and to recover all money stolen by the past administration through the Christopher Kolade Panel which is looking into abandoned projects and financial misdeeds perpetrated from 1991 to 29 May 1999, when the military handed over power.

Gen. Adisa, a former military governor of Oyo State had earlier visited the state and expressed his readness to appear before the Kolade Panel whenever he is invited.

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