A pressure group known as Nigeria Awake has asked the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, to tell the people of the state the whereabouts of the helicopter he bought for surveillance at the inception of his administration.
The national coordinator of the group, Diran Odeyemi, said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Sunday.
He said it became imperative for the governor to disclose where the chopper was because he used the state’s funds to purchase it.
Odeyemi, who said the governor put the chopper in the custody of Odengene Air Shuttle Services, added that the people of the state deserved to know where their helicopter was now when the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria had taken over the management of OAS.
He explained that AMCON had sealed the company based in Maryland, Lagos, following a court order indicating that the company had been taken over from OAS.
The statement read, “Governor Aregbesola in June, 2015, said he bought the helicopter that was never at any time appropriated for in the state’s budget, for aerial surveillance, and he claimed last year that he had leased the chopper to OAS because his government could no longer maintain it.
It said, “Now that AMCON has taken over OAS, will it not be right to ask Mr. Governor of the whereabouts of the helicopter bought with Osun funds?
“Before now, there have been several incoherent claims from Aregbesola and people working with him about the helicopter.
“The Chairman, All Progressives Congress in Osun State, Prince Adegboyega Famodun, before the general election in 2015, told newsmen in Osogbo that Aregbesola had given out the helicopter because Osun could no longer afford maintaining it.”