The Lagos State government has said it did not order for bullet-proof vehicles BMW cars during the 18 National Sports Festival, which it hosted in 2012.
The denial is coming on the heels of public outcry and condemnation trailing the role of the state government in the purchase of two armoured cars by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah.
The state government said it only requested regular saloon cars, four wheel-drive vehicles and buses, which it got from Coscharis, in its capacity as the official vehicle provider for the sports.
A source close to the Commissioner for Youths, Sports and Social Development, Mr. Enitan Oshodi told our correspondent that the state government duly made a request to President Goodluck Jonathan for waiver.
According to the source, the state government requested waiver of destination inspection charges and duty exemption on 300 vehicles, which were to be used for the festival.
"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 as requested by the sponsors, which was granted.
"The request was duly granted by the President to the issuance of a certificate of waiver in respect of the duty payable on the importation of the cars by Coscharis Nigeria Limited," the source said.
The state government official added that the state government had in its possession documents to show the vehicles were supplied and used during the 18th National Sports Festival.
The source further told our correspondent , the vehicles requested from Coscharis Nigeria Limited, which was the sponsor of the festival, were limited to saloon cars, four wheel drive vehicles and buses to convey the 14,000 athletes and 10,000 officials who attended the festival across the country.