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Prosecutor Petitions EFCC Over N1bn Vehicle Purchase

Former prosecutor with the Special Presidential Panel on Recovery of Public Property, Tosin Ojaomo, has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegation of scam in the purchase of about N1.03bn worth of official cars for members of the Oyo State House of Asembly.

The petition dated December 7, 2020,stated that a contract, which was executed by an unnamed firm, was for the procurement of 33 Toyota Camry cars for the House members and the Clerk at N759m as well as two Toyota Hilux pick-up vans for the Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin, at N40m.

Two Toyota Prado Land Cruiser SUVs valued at N106m were also purchased for the Deputy Speaker, Abiodun Fadeyi and as Ogundoyin’s back-up vehicles, the petition stated.

The petitioner, alleged that the contract was for the supply of new 2019 vehicle models but noted that refurbished models with cleaned-up mileage were supplied instead.

The lawyer claimed that the contract was fraudulently arranged to favour the contractor instead of Elizade Motors and Mandilas Motors which also tendered quotations.

He further  alleged that  scam was discovered when some of the 33 cars supplied by the contractor started having mechanical and electrical problems few days after delivery to the lawmakers.

Ojaomo, therefore, asked the EFCC to recover the full contract sum from the firm.

When asked about the probe, the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said, “Petitions go through a vetting process and it is premature to comment further at this stage.”

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

“I was not able to reach the Speaker to hear from him but from my little findings, they are false allegations,” he stated on Friday.

The deputy speaker said he was not aware of the alleged scam, noting that he was not involved in the contract award.

 

Ex-FG prosecutor petitions EFCC over N1bn Oyo vehicle purchase

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