The Lagos State government yesterday broke its silence on the controversial N255million bulletproof cars acquired by the minister of aviation, Princess Stella Oduah without regard to due process.
It denied requesting for, nor using bulletproof vehicles BMW level 7 from Coscharis Nigeria Limited during the state's 18th National Sports Festival.
In a statement signed by the commissioner for Youths, Sports and Social Development, Mr. Enitan Oshodi, the state government maintained that it only requested for and got from Coscharis Nigeria Limited regular saloon cars, four wheel drive vehicles and buses in its capacity as official vehicle providers for the Sports festival.
According to the statement, the state government duly made a request to President Goodluck Jonathan for waiver of destination inspection charges and duty exemptions on 300 vehicles which were to be used for the festival.
Giving a background to the provision of the vehicles for the Sports Festival, the statement explained that following the offer of sponsorship of and provision of vehicles for the Festival by Coscharis Nigeria Limited, the State Government made a formal request to the President for waiver of destination inspection charges and duty exemptions on 300 vehicles as requested by the sponsors which was granted.