BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI, Abuja
One of the authorised dealers of Toyota Motors in Nigeria, Elizade Motors, has allegedly defrauded the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) of the sum of over N7.6 million under the pretext of refurbishing a 32-seater Model T Coaster bus and 18-seater Model T Hiace bus attached to the media unit of the FCT minister’s office.
LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that the contract was awarded since July 2017, but Elizade has failed to deliver, after promising to hand over the buses to the FCT Administration, long after payment had been made.
However, the manager of the Abuja branch of Elizade Motors Nigeria Limited, Mr. Ayorinde Ojo, told LEADERSHIP Weekend that the delay was due to “scarcity of spare parts in the branch office,” stressing that the company does not source for spare parts in the local market.
The contractual documents obtained by our reporter showed that it cost the administration the sum of N4, 399, 762.50 to refurbish the Model-T Coaster bus, while the sum of N3, 200, 557.50 was expended to refurbish the Model-T Hiace bus, totalling N7, 600, 320.00 for both vehicles.
Also, the then permanent secretary of the FCTA, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, made express payments to the company before commencement of work.
Trouble began for Elizade on September 21, 2017 when the Information Department of the FCT Administration threatened it to refund the money paid and the Coaster bus in its custody or face the bright lights of anti-corruption agencies.