Darius Ishaku, has approved N2 billion for the purchase of luxury vehicles for himself, his deputy and their wives with barely two weeks to his exit as governor after his eight year tenure.
The approval for the cars to be bought was made during the last State Executive Council (SEC) meeting chaired by the governor, Premium Times reports.
“Governor Darius Ishaku in our last SEC meeting asked the council to approve a memo he presented for the purchase of vehicles for himself, his deputy and their wives and it was speedily approved without any argument,” the source was quoted as saying.
The source said it was argued at the meeting that since Mr Darius and his deputy assumed office in 2015, they had been using old vehicles inherited from their predecessors and that they therefore deserve new vehicles with their imminent exit.
According to Premium Times in the memo presented by the governor, Mr Darius and his wife will get over N1.3 billion worth of exotic cars while his deputy and his wife will receive cars worth N750 million.
The newspaper quotes its source as saying, the governor will get two Toyota Land Cruiser SUV, two escort Toyota Hilux and a utility vehicle while his wife will get a Land Cruiser SUV and an escort vehicle.
For the deputy governor, Haruna Manu, he will be handed two lower versions of Land Cruiser SUV and one escort vehicle while his wife will get one SUV and a utility car.
The newspaper contacted, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Lois Emmanuel, but wasn’t an outright answer on the accuracy of its report.