Economic And Financial Crimes Commission Drills Oyo Assembly Speaker, Others Over N1.03billion Spent On Refurbished Vehicles

The Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Thursday drilled the Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin and another leaders of the House over alleged N1.03 billion buy of refurbished automobiles for members of the House.

SaharaReporters learnt that the lawmakers who had been concerned within the buy had been arrested round 8 am on Thursday and launched round 7 pm the identical day.

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Our correspondent experiences that after the acquisition of the automobiles which residents of the state described as refurbished, some automobiles had been seen breaking down by the roadside.

A supply near the Assembly confirmed their arrest to SaharaReporters in Ibadan on Sunday however refused to present the names of the lawmakers arrested.

He mentioned he knew the Speaker of the House, Ogundoyin was absolutely concerned within the buy of the automobiles, including that the provider of the automobiles was his shut affiliate.

SaharaReporters recalled {that a} former prosecutor with the Special Presidential Panel on Recovery of Public Property, Tosin Ojaomo, had in January this yr petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations of a rip-off within the buy of about N1.03 billion price of official automobiles for members of the Oyo State House of Assembly.

According to the petition dated December 7, 2020, the contract, which was executed by a agency (title withheld), was for the procurement of 33 Toyota Camry automobiles for the House members and the Clerk at N759 million in addition to two Toyota Hilux pick-up vans for the Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin, at N40m.

According to the petition, two Toyota Prado Land Cruiser SUVs valued at N106 million had been additionally bought for the Deputy Speaker, Abiodun Fadeyi and as Ogundoyin’s back-up automobiles, the petition said.

Ojaomo, in his petition, alleged that the contract was for the provision of recent 2019 automobile fashions however famous that refurbished fashions with cleaned-up mileage had been equipped as an alternative.

The lawyer claimed that the contract was fraudulently organized to favour the contractor as an alternative of Elizade Motors and Mandilas Motors which additionally tendered quotations.

He added that the alleged rip-off was found when a few of the 33 automobiles equipped by the contractor began having mechanical and electrical issues a number of days after supply to the lawmakers.

Ojaomo, subsequently, within the petition requested the EFCC to get well the complete contract sum from the agency.

The petition learn partially, “My petition stemmed from recent findings that the sum of N1,031,380,000 earmarked by the Oyo State Assembly for the purchase of vehicles for honourable members of the house was diverted by the Speaker and Deputy Speaker with the connivance of a company contracted to handle the purchase and supply of cars to the House members.

 “The contract was awarded for the supply of brand new Toyota Camry 2019 models but instead of supplying new cars, he went ahead to supply refurbished vehicles and clean up the mileage in order to make them look like new ones.”

Meanwhile, Chairman, House Committee on Information, Kazeem Olayanju, described the allegations as false.

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Economic And Financial Crimes Commission Drills Oyo Assembly Speaker, Others Over N1.03billion Spent On Refurbished Vehicles

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