Nigeria: Ondo Drags Ex-Dep Gov to Police Over Unreturned Vehicles

14 April 2021

The Ondo State Government has petitioned the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Bolaji Salami, urging him to prevail on the former Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Agboola Ajayi to return government vehicles in his possession.

In a letter addressed to the Commissioner of Police in the state and signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr. Doyin Odebowale, the state government alleged that Ajayi was still holding on to four government vehicles despite leaving office almost two months ago.

Odebowale noted that all entreaties to the former deputy governor to return the vehicles, for the use of the incumbent deputy governor were rebuffed by Ajayi.

The letter reads: "Our Office has the firm directive of the Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu (SAN), to recover all government properties still in the possession of former political office holders in the state, especially those who served in the immediate past administration.

"Our record confirms that Mr Agboola Ajayi, the immediate past Deputy Governor of Ondo State, is still holding on to four vehicles owned by the government.

"All entreaties to him to return these vehicles, for the use of the incumbent occupier of the office, have been rebuffed. Please, Sir, find attached copies of the letters dated February 16, 2021 and March 1, 2021 respectively.

"We lodge this complaint believing that you will use your good offices to look into this brazen act of conversion, and this is being charitable.

"Any person who keeps/detains the property of another with the intent to deprive the owner, permanently, of the usufruct right conferred therefrom, has committed an offence known in law as stealing.

"The vehicles in Mr. Ajayi's possession, unlawfully, are: Land Cruiser SUV, New Toyota Hilux, New Toyota Hilux and Toyota Hilux," the letter said.

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