The Ondo State government has petitioned the Police Command to help it recover state vehicles in possession of the state’s former deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi.
Two months after leaving office, Ajayi was charged with a Toyota Land Cruiser SUV, a new Toyota Hi-Lux, and two other Hi-Lux models vehicles.
In a letter addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami, and signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr Doyin Odebowale, said: “Ajayi was still holding on to four government vehicles, despite leaving office almost two months ago.”
The government noted that Ajayi was unlawfully in possession of the vehicles.
The Senior Special Assistant noted that he had been mandated to recover government property in possession of former political office holders, especially those who served in the last administration.
The letter reads thus: “Our office has the firm directive of the Governor of Ondo State, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, to recover all government properties still in 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 requests 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 16th February 2021 and 1st March 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.”
Meanwhile, the former deputy governor said he would not react until the police command communicates with him officially on the matter in his reaction. “I will be waiting for the official communication from the police.”