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Obasanjo spends N12b on police patrol vehicles

Posted by Tordue Salem on 2007/04/14 | Views: 639 |

Obasanjo spends N12b on police patrol vehicles


The Presidential committee on Police equipment, weekend displayed the first batch of about 25, 000 “patrol vehicles” to be presented to the Police by President Olusegun Obasanjo monday, ahead of the Presidential elections.

Abuja — The Presidential committee on Police equipment, weekend displayed the first batch of about 25, 000 “patrol vehicles” to be presented to the Police by President Olusegun Obasanjo monday, ahead of the Presidential elections.

The BMW, Ford patrol jeeps and 4-wheel-drive trucks, imported into the Country a few days ago, are to be presented to men of the force, by President Obasanjo and the Inspector-General of police, Mr. Sunday Ehindero.

The National Coordinator of the Police Equipment Fund (PEF), Mr. Kenny Martins, told journalists that “the investigation trucks, which were bought at the minimum of N5million each, cost a total of N12billion”

Mr. Martins who is the National Secretary of the National Democratic Party (NDP), but also working for the PDP Presidential candidate Umar Musa Yar’Adua, told journalists that “the patrol vehicles would go round the 36 states of the Federation”
Martins doused the fears of Nigerians that the vehicles would end up as “private property of some top government people.”

“These cars are not going to end up with anybody, they are for the police” he clarified.
The NDP chieftain, said “Every vehicle that is here will eventually be tracked in the tracker system, so that they will not be diverted for private use”

He said the Presidency in making the purchases, “dealt with reputable brands like Ford, BMW, Rover, and Toyota and 15% of the vehicle parts came with the cars, and you know that the parts wouldn’t be a problem, because most of the parts can be found here” said he.

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